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Accident description
Last updated: 24 May 2016
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 Air Base (   Taiwan)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Ching Chuan Kang Air Base (RCMQ), Taiwan
Destination airport:Ching Chuan Kang Air Base (RCMQ), Taiwan
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.

Loss of control

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


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