Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 3 February 1960
Type:Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 56-3628
C/n / msn: 17377/67
First flight: 1958-03-14 (1 year 11 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Roswell-Walker AFB, NM (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military training
Departure airport:Roswell-Walker AFB, NM, United States of America
Destination airport:Roswell-Walker AFB, NM, United States of America
Narrative:
Crashed while taking off in extremely gusty crosswind conditions. The airplane skidded into two other KC-135 tankers (57-1449 and 57-1457) and a hangar, bursting into flames.
The airplane operated on a training flight. The instructor pilot occupied the jump seat instead of one of the pilot's seats as directed by the commander.


Sources:
» Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker: More Than Just a Tanker (Aerofax Series) / Robert S Hopkins, III


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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