Accident description
Last updated: 29 August 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 19 December 1969
Type:Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 56-3629
C/n / msn: 17378/68
First flight: 1958-03-18 (11 years 9 months)
Total airframe hrs:6794
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:off Ching Chuan Kang AB (   Taiwan) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Ching Chuan Kang AB (RCMQ), Taiwan
Destination airport:Ching Chuan Kang AB (RCMQ), Taiwan
Narrative:
Crashed into the sea during climb out due to extremely low level windshear. The airplane was one of four departing on a refuelling mission over the South China Sea.

Classification:
Windshear/downdraft
Loss of control

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


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Distance from Ching Chuan Kang AB to Ching Chuan Kang AB as the crow flies is 0 km (0 miles).

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