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Accident description
Last updated: 24 May 2016
Date:Friday 19 March 1982
Type:Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 58-0031
C/n / msn: 17776/246
First flight: 1959-03-24 (23 years )
Total airframe hrs:9249
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Greenwood, IL (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Marquette-Sawyer International Airport, MI (MQT/KSAW), United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America
The airplane crashed following an on board explosion which occurred at FL137. A fuel pump was probably allowed to run dry, causing it to become overheated due to which fuel vapours ignited.

» Bangor Daily News - Mar 22, 1982


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Distance from Marquette-Sawyer International Airport, MI to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL as the crow flies is 485 km (303 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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