Narrative:The Stratotanker caught fire during landing rollout and burned out. At the time of the explosion the copilot was making a radio transmission using the UHF radio. The UHF wire which runs near the aft wing root in the fuselage was melted due to an electrical fault. Fuel vapors in the area of the aft body tank were ignited.
|Date:||Friday 13 February 1987|
|Type:||Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker|
|Operator:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 18105/444|
|First flight:|| 1961-02-02 (26 years )|
|Total airframe hrs:||10305|
|Engines:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Altus AFB, OK (LTS) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Departure airport:||Altus AFB, OK (LTS/KLTS), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Altus AFB, OK (LTS/KLTS), United States of America|
Three firefighters who responded to the accident were also injured.
» Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker: More Than Just a Tanker (Aerofax Series) / Robert S Hopkins, III
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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.