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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 31 January 1989
Time:12:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 63-7990
C/n / msn: 18607/646
First flight: 1963-09-19 (25 years 5 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Abilene-Dyess AFB, TX (DYS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Abilene-Dyess AFB, TX (DYS/KDYS), United States of America
Destination airport:Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK), United States of America
Narrative:
The water-injection system failed during takeoff from Dyess AFB (DYS) runway 16. The airplane barely climbed and the wing clipped a house before the plane crashed. The passengers of the Stratotanker included spouses of military members, retired military members and one child. They were on a non-stop flight to Hawaii with an en route F-16 refueling mission.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Air Force jet crashes on takeoff, all 19 aboard dead (Valley Independent, 1989-02-01)


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Abilene-Dyess AFB, TX to Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI as the crow flies is 5783 km (3615 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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