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Accident description
Last updated: 28 September 2016
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Date:Friday 19 December 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
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 Air Base (   Taiwan)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Ching Chuan Kang Air Base (RCMQ), Taiwan
Destination airport:Ching Chuan Kang Air Base (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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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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