Accident description
Last updated: 19 April 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 15 March 1978
Time:ca 09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed EC-121T Super Constellation
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 55-0121
C/n / msn: 4394
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 17
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport (KEF) (   Iceland) show on map
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Military training
Departure airport:Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport (KEF/BIKF), Iceland
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The EC-121 taxied out to the runway for a routine training mission. Then the left main landing gear suddenly collapsed and the left wing struck the ground. The aircraft started to rotate rapidly to the left and the right tip tank snapped off, rupturing the fuel tanks. A fire erupted and the aircraft was evacuated.

Sources:
» USAF EC-121T Accident (55-0121) / Captain James T Webb -- Air Forces Iceland


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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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