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Last updated: 20 May 2018
Fecha:martes 24 septiembre 1968
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Operador:United States Air Force - USAF
Registración: 55-3133
Numéro de série: 17249/16
Año de Construcción: 1957-07-18 (11 years 2 months)
Horas Totales de la Célula:6681
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 4
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 11 / Ocupantes: 52
Total:Fatalidades: 11 / Ocupantes: 56
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Wake Island Airport (AWK) (   Estados Federados de Micronesia)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Guam-Andersen AFB (UAM/PGUA), Guam
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK), Estados Unidos de América
The KC-135 transport plane was en route from Guam (UAM) to Loring AFB, ME with en route stops at Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK) and California. Over the Pacific Ocean the airplane developed engine problems. They crew decided to divert to Wake Island Airport (AWK). On final approach the airplane contacted the surface of the water and bounced onto the east end of the runway. It struck ILS aerials and burst into flames.
Passengers were Strategic Air Command personnel returning from duty in Guam.

» The Miami News - Sep 24, 1968
» Lodi News-Sentinel - Sep 24, 1968


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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 Guam-Andersen AFB to Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI as the crow flies is 6059 km (3787 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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