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Accident description
Last updated: 29 April 2017
Date:Monday 10 September 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 60-0352
C/n / msn: 18127/466
First flight: 1961-05-03 (1 year 4 months)
Total airframe hrs:303
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 40
Total:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:32 km (20 mls) NE of Spokane, WA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Rapid City-Ellsworth AFB, SD (RCA/KRCA), United States of America
Destination airport:Spokane-Fairchild AFB, WA (SKA/KSKA), United States of America
The KC-135 was descending for Fairchild AFB when it flew into a fog shrouded ravine on the 5271-foot high Mount Kit Carson.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain



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Distance from Rapid City-Ellsworth AFB, SD to Spokane-Fairchild AFB, WA as the crow flies is 1180 km (738 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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