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Last updated: 13 December 2017
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Datum:maandag 25 februari 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic R135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing RC-135T Rivet Dandy
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Air Force - USAF
Registratie: 55-3121
Constructienummer: 17237/4
Bouwjaar: 1957-03-07 (28 years)
Aantal vlieguren:15072
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:nabij Valdez Municipal Airport, AK (VDZ) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL/PAEI), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL/PAEI), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
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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