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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
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Date:Saturday 16 January 1965
Time:ca 10:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 57-1442
C/n / msn: 17513/122
First flight: 1958-07-18 (6 years 6 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: 22
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) NNW Wichita-McConnell AFB, KS (IAB) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Wichita-McConnell AFB, KS (IAB/KIAB), United States of America
Destination airport:Wichita-McConnell AFB, KS (IAB/KIAB), United States of America
Narrative:
The KC-135 entered considerable yaw attitude after takeoff and the crew attempted to return to the airport. The crew entry door was reportedly jettisoned after which the plane rolled to an inverted attitude and crashed into the 2000 Block of Piatt street at 20th Street.
A preceding B-52 may have blown a drag chute from a F-105 Thunderchief against the departing KC-135. The drag chute had been accidently left on the runway.

Classification:
Loss of control

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


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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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Boeing C-135

  • 820 built
  • 23rd loss
  • 18th fatal accident
  • 3rd worst accident (at the time)
  • 4th worst accident (currently)
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