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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2016
Date:Thursday 3 June 1971
Type:Boeing KC-135Q Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 58-0039
C/n / msn: 17784/254
First flight: 1959-04-07 (12 years 2 months)
Total airframe hrs:5406
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P/F-59W
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Centenera (   Spain)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Madrid-Torrejón AFB (TOJ/LETO), Spain
Destination airport:Madrid-Torrejón AFB (TOJ/LETO), Spain
Crashed following in-flight explosion of the no. 1 main fuel tank. Chafing of boost pump wires in conduits was determined to be as a possible ignition source.
The tanker plane was on its way back from a routine refuelling mission over the Mediterranean and crashed at the village of Centenera, 35 km NE of Madrid-Torrejón AFB (TOJ).


Loss of control

» NTSB/AAR-00/03
» Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker: More Than Just a Tanker (Aerofax Series) / Robert S Hopkins, III
» The Telegraph - Jun 4, 1971


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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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