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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 5 March 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 57-1500
C/n / msn: 17571/180
First flight: 1958-11-14 (15 years 4 months)
Total airframe hrs:7434
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0.6 km (0.4 mls) from Wichita-McConnell AFB, KS (IAB) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Wichita-McConnell AFB, KS (IAB/KIAB), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The pilot lost control of the airplane immediately after takeoff. Confusion between the instructor pilot and student pilot during a perceived no. 1 engine failure caused overcontrol of the airplane.

Classification:
Loss of control

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