ASN Aircraft accident Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker 58-0026 Minot AFB, ND (MIB)
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Date:Wednesday 17 January 1968
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: 58-0026
MSN: 17771/241
First flight: 1959-03-12 (8 years 10 months)
Total airframe hrs:4996
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Minot AFB, ND (MIB) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 508 m (1667 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Minot AFB, ND (MIB/KMIB), United States of America
Destination airport:Glasgow International Airport, MT (GGW/KGGW), United States of America
The KC-135 plane left March AFB where it was stationed, carrying Maj. Gen. Charles M. Eisenhart on a staff visit to Minot AFB (MIB). The next day the flight was to continue to Glasgow, MT (GGW). The airplane overrotated during takeoff in a snowstorm, stalled and crashed. It came down about 18 meters to the right of and about three-quarters of the way down the 15,000-foot long runway.

Loss of control

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Minot AFB, ND to Glasgow International Airport, MT as the crow flies is 387 km (242 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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
  • 33rd loss
  • 27th fatal accident
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