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Accident description
Last updated: 29 May 2016
Date:Tuesday 1 October 1968
Type:Boeing KC-135A-BN 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.

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