Accident description
Last updated: 1 September 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 13 March 1987
Time:13:20
Type:Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 60-0361
C/n / msn: 18136/475
First flight: 1961-06-12 (25 years 9 months)
Total airframe hrs:10956
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Spokane-Fairchild AFB, WA (SKA) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Spokane-Fairchild AFB, WA (SKA/KSKA), United States of America
Destination airport:Spokane-Fairchild AFB, WA (SKA/KSKA), United States of America
Narrative:
The KC-135 was engaged in a low-level practice refueling display routine when it encountered the wake turbulence of a B-52.
Upon encountering wake turbulence, the aircraft performed an uncommanded 80 degree roll to left, stalling engines 1 and 2. The crew recovered to a wings level attitude however they were too low to recover and the aircraft crash-landed in open area next to base operations. She slid through a fence, killing a crewmember who had decided not to fly on that aircraft mission on that day. The mishap aircraft continued through open field before impacting a weather radar tower which split open the fuselage at the wing root.


Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» Flight International 11-7-1987
» Tanker crashes at Fairchild AFB (The Frederick Post, 1987-03-14)


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Distance from Spokane-Fairchild AFB, WA to Spokane-Fairchild AFB, WA as the crow flies is 0 km (0 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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