Narrative:The KC-10 arrived at Barksdale AFB and all 17 crewmembers departed the plane. About one hour later, three ground crew members were on board; one in the cockpit, one in the left main gear wheel well and the other in the refuellers operating position at the rear of the plane. An explosion occurred. The source of the explosion was somewhere in or near the centre access compartment which is between the forward and centre wing fuel tanks. The KC-10 had 63000lbs of fuel on board; 15000lb was in the forward tank. The centre and aft fuel tanks were empty; the remaining 48000lb was in the wing tanks. The part of the aircraft, forward of the wings was burnt out completely.
|Date:||Thursday 17 September 1987|
|Type:||McDonnell Douglas KC-10A|
|Operator:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 48212/382|
|First flight:|| 1982|
|Engines:|| 3 General Electric CF6-50C2|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Shreveport-Barksdale AFB, LA (BAD) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Standing (STD)|
|Destination airport:||Shreveport-Barksdale AFB, LA (BAD), United States of America|
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.