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Last updated: 17 October 2017
Date:lundi 25 février 1985
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic R135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing RC-135T Rivet Dandy
Compagnie:United States Air Force - USAF
Immatriculation: 55-3121
Numéro de série: 17237/4
Année de Fabrication: 1957-03-07 (28 years)
Heures de vol:15072
Moteurs: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de Valdez Municipal Airport, AK (VDZ) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Aéroport de départ:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL/PAEI), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL/PAEI), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
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.

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