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Accident description
Last updated: 30 May 2016
Date:Sunday 26 September 1976
Time:ca 08:30
Type:Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 61-0296
C/n / msn: 18203/518
First flight: 1962-03-28 (14 years 6 months)
Total airframe hrs:6109
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:20 km (12.5 mls) SW of Alpena, MI (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Marquette-Sawyer International Airport, MI (MQT/KSAW), United States of America
Destination airport:Oscoda-Wurtsmith AFB, MI (OSC), United States of America
Crash-landed in rugged terrain. The airplane broke up and ended up in a swamp. Possible cabin pressurization problem.

» Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker: More Than Just a Tanker (Aerofax Series) / Robert S Hopkins, III
» Toledo Blade - Sep 27, 1976


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Distance from Marquette-Sawyer International Airport, MI to Oscoda-Wurtsmith AFB, MI as the crow flies is 374 km (234 miles).

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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