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Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2015
Date:Saturday 1 July 1972
Type:Boeing C-135F
Operator:L'Armée de L'Air
Registration: 38743
C/n / msn: 18682/C004
First flight: 1964-02-26 (8 years 4 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-5
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Hao Island Airport (HOI) (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Hao Island Airport (HOI/NTTO), French Polynesia
Destination airport:?
Lost power on one engine and crashed into the sea. The C-135F was on a weather reconnaissance mission associated with a nuclear test.

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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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