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Last updated: 19 March 2019
Date:Wednesday 29 January 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-97L Stratotanker
Operator:Air National Guard
Registration: 52-0904
C/n / msn: 16598
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,8 km (0.5 mls) S of Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Key West International Airport, FL (EYW/KEYW), United States of America
Destination airport:Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE/KMKE), United States of America
The Boeing KC-97, operated by the Wisconsin Air National Guard, was arriving at Milwaukee in fog and rain. The ceiling was reportedly at 200 feet and the visibility was half a mile. On final approach the airplane contacted the ground short of the runway, broke up and caught fire.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

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Distance from Key West International Airport, FL to Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI as the crow flies is 2108 km (1317 miles).

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-97

  • 888 built
  • 28th loss
  • 21st fatal accident
  • 18th worst accident (at the time)
  • 21st worst accident (currently)
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