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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Date:Tuesday 1 October 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: 55-3138
C/n / msn: 17254/21
First flight: 1957-09-09 (11 years )
Total airframe hrs:6999
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:U-Tapao Airport (UTP) (   Thailand)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:U-Tapao Airport (UTP/VTBU), Thailand
Destination airport:U-Tapao Airport (UTP/VTBU), Thailand
No. 4 engine power was lost on takeoff from U-Tapao, causing an asymmetric thrust condition. The Stratotanker then hit concrete and steel light stanchions beyond the end of the runway and crashed.

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


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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