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Accident
Last updated: 20 April 2018
Estado:
Fecha:miércoles 15 marzo 1978
Hora:08:47
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed EC-121T Super Constellation
Operador:United States Air Force - USAF
Registración: 55-0121
Numéro de série: 4394
Ańo de Construcción: 1956
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 16
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 1
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 17
Dańos en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Reykjavík-Naval Air Station Keflavík (KEF) (   Islandia)
Elevación del lugar del accidente: 52 m (171 feet) amsl
Fase: Carreteando (TXI)
Naturaleza:Militar
Aeropuerto de Salida:Reykjavík-Naval Air Station Keflavík (KEF/BIKF), Islandia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Reykjavík-Naval Air Station Keflavík (KEF/BIKF), Islandia
Descripción:
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.

The gear reportedly failed due to stress corrosion.

Fuentes:
» USAF EC-121T Accident (55-0121) / Captain James T Webb -- Air Forces Iceland
» The White Falcon / March 24, 1978


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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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