Narrative:Crashed in steep terrain, about 8,500 feet up the Manzano Mountain range.
|Date:||14 SEP 1977|
|Operator:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 18519/587|
|First flight:|| 1963-02-27 (14 years 7 months)|
|Total airframe hrs:||7307|
|Engines:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102|
|Crew:||Fatalities: / Occupants: |
|Passengers:||Fatalities: / Occupants: |
|Total:||Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||8 km (5 mls) E of Albuquerque-Kirtland AFB, NM (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Departure airport:||Albuquerque-Kirtland AFB, NM (KIKR), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Las Vegas-Nellis AFB, NV (LSV/KLSV), United States of America|
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Albuquerque-Kirtland AFB, NM to Las Vegas-Nellis AFB, NV as the crow flies is 768 km (480 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.