Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 18 May 1966
Type:Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 57-1444
C/n / msn: 17515/124
First flight: 1958-07-24 (7 years 10 months)
Total airframe hrs:3387
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Okinawa-Kadena AFB (DNA) (   Japan) show on map
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Okinawa-Kadena AFB (DNA/RODN), Japan
Destination airport:Tokyo-Yokota AFB (OKO/RJTY), Japan
Narrative:
Failed to attain an adequate speed on takeoff and crashed near Highway 16, killing a motorist. The airplane had lifted off prematurely during a heavy-weight takeoff. The airplane was reportedly ferrying an engine to Fairbanks but was flying to Yokota AFB first.

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


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Distance from Okinawa-Kadena AFB to Tokyo-Yokota AFB as the crow flies is 1508 km (942 miles).

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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