Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 13 January 1999
Type:Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker
Operator:Air National Guard
Registration: 59-1452
C/n / msn: 17940/355
First flight: 1960-01-14 (39 years )
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Geilenkirchen Airport (GKE) (   Germany) show on map
Crash site elevation: 90 m (295 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Geilenkirchen Airport (GKE/ETNG), Germany
Destination airport:Geilenkirchen Airport (GKE/ETNG), Germany
Narrative:
Returning from an operational aerial refueling mission, the aircraft pitched up to a near vertical attitude and subsequently stalled and crashed.
The pitch up was the direct result of the horizontal stabilizer trim being in a 7.5 nose-up trim condition when the aircraft was given power to complete a go around prior to landing.
The apparent cause is now understood to be a runaway trim motor, the crew failed to notice, and when power was applied, the aircraft pitched up and stalled. The cause of the runaway motor is still unknown.


Classification:

Loss of control

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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.
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