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Last updated: 20 June 2018
Datum:Montag 14 Dezember 1959
Flugzeugtyp:Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 53-0231
Werknummer: 17013
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 7
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 7
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Dow AFB, ME (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Springfield-Westover AFB, MA (CEF/KCEF), USA
Flug nach:Springfield-Westover AFB, MA (CEF/KCEF), USA
The aircraft, assigned to the 384th AREFS, departed from Westover AFB on a refueling mission. The KC-97 collided with a B-52 during refueling at an altitude of about 15,000 feet. The aircraft lost the whole left horizontal stabilizer and elevator, the rudder was missing and the upper fourth of the vertical stabilizer. They made a no-flap, electrical power off landing at night at Dow AFB. Two crew members on the B-52 parachuted to safety. The plane remaining crew members continued to Springfield-Westover AFB, MA (CEF) where a safe landing was made.

» Duane H. Delk, MSgt USAF Ret (E-mail 2-4-2007)
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde


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