Accident description
Last updated: 18 April 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 8 March 1973
Type:Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 63-7989
C/n / msn: 18606/645
First flight: 1963-09-17 (9 years 6 months)
Total airframe hrs:4933
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Columbus-Lockbourne AFB, OH (LCK) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Columbus-Lockbourne AFB, OH (LCK/KLCK), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
During a practice alert at Lockbourne AFB, two KC-135 Stratotankers (63-7989 and 63-7980) taxied from an unlit ramp towards the runway. Both aircraft collided while manoeuvring off the ramp. Stratotanker 63-7989 continued 200 yards before coming to a stop in a muddy, grassy section just off the concrete apron. Flames engulfed the tanker from the cockpit to the mid-section and burned two large holes in the plane.

Events:


Sources:
» Marysville Journal-Tribune (March 9, 1973)
» 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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