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Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Datum:Montag 25 Februar 1985
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic R135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing RC-135T Rivet Dandy
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 55-3121
Werknummer: 17237/4
Baujahr: 1957-03-07 (28 years)
Betriebsstunden:15072
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Valdez Municipal Airport, AK (VDZ) (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL/PAEI), USA
Flug nach:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL/PAEI), USA
Unfallbericht:
Weather at Valdez Municipal Airport, AK (VDZ) was very poor. Boeing RC-135T, call sign Mary 24, approached the airport for some practice MLS approaches. The first two approaches were uneventful. The third approach was commenced some four miles (6,4 km) north of the prescribed MLS inbound course. The crew descended until the airplane flew into the side of a mountain. The wreckage was not located until August 2, 1985.
The crew had used an approach procedure certified for de Havilland Canada DHC-7, a STOL airplane. The glide slope and missed approach for this airplane are significantly steeper than those for an RC-135 jet.

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


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