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Accident description
Last updated: 27 November 2015
Date:Monday 4 January 1965
Type:Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 61-0265
C/n / msn: 18172/487
First flight: 1961-08-25 (3 years 4 months)
Total airframe hrs:1353
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) from Limestone-Loring AFB, ME (LIZ) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Limestone-Loring AFB, ME (LIZ), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Crashed after takeoff when then #3 engine drag brace failed, causing the engine to rotate over the upper strut mounts and separation of #3 and #4 engines before impact.

Engine separation
Loss of control

» 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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