ASN logo
Accident description
Last updated: 28 September 2016
Status:
Date:Tuesday 30 July 1968
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: 56-3655
C/n / msn: 17404/94
First flight: 1958-04-25 (10 years 3 months)
Total airframe hrs:6089
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:56 km (35 mls) E of Red Buff, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Merced-Castle AFB, CA (MER/KMER), United States of America
Destination airport:Merced-Castle AFB, CA (MER/KMER), United States of America
Narrative:
The KC-135 departed Castle AFB (MER) on a refueling training mission. The crew was conducting a practice emergency descent from FL390 to FL230. After a sharp turn the vertical stabilizer separated and the airplane crashed in a timberland forest on Mount Lassen.

Classification:
Tail failure
Loss of control

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


Photos

Add your photo of this accident or aircraft

Map

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.
languages: languages

Share