Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 15 March 1981
Time:22:45
Type:Boeing RC-135S
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 61-2664
C/n / msn: 18340/C20
First flight: 1962-03-09 (19 years )
Total airframe hrs:18638
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-5
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Shemya AFB, AK (SYA) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL/PAEI), United States of America
Destination airport:Shemya AFB, AK (SYA/PASY), United States of America
Narrative:
Struck the ground at night while on final approach in marginal conditions (turbulence fog, blowing snow, and sleet).

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


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Distance from Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK to Shemya AFB, AK as the crow flies is 2527 km (1580 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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