Narrative:The KC-135 was on an IFR flight plan and was returning to Luke AFB. The crew were carrying out a TACAN runway 3L approach. At the same time a Grumman-American AA-1 Yankee (N6160L) was in the area. The airplane had just departed from Phoenix-Sky Harbor Airport and was flying in a special traffic area where he was requested to be at or below 2000 feet. The AA-1 however, flew at 2500 feet skimming along the cloud base. The KC-135 descended through the cloud deck and collided with the AA-1. The empennage of the KC-135A separated. Control was lost and the airplane crashed inverted. The AA-1 crashed as well.
|Date:||Saturday 13 March 1982|
|Type:||Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker|
|Operator:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 17560/169|
|First flight:|| 1958-10-30 (23 years 5 months)|
|Total airframe hrs:||10650|
|Engines:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 |
|Collision casualties:||Fatalities: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||9 km (5.6 mls) SW of Phoenix-Luke AFB, AZ (LUF) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Phoenix-Luke AFB, AZ (LUF/KLUF), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Phoenix-Luke AFB, AZ (LUF/KLUF), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "VFR procedures - improper - pilot of other aircraft".
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