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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2016
Date:Wednesday 27 February 1963
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: 56-3597
C/n / msn: 17346/36
First flight: 1957-12-10 (5 years 3 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 167 m (548 feet) amsl
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL/PAEI), United States of America
Destination airport:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL/PAEI), United States of America
The KC-135 was on a refueling mission out of Eielson AFB (EIL). The airplane lost an engine on takeoff, veered to the left and crashed. Debris also struck a guard house and a nearby waiting room, killing two.



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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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