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Last updated: 10 December 2016
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Datum:Mittwoch 13 Januar 1999
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic K35E model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker
Fluggesellschaft:Air National Guard
Kennzeichen: 59-1452
Werknummer: 17940/355
Baujahr: 1960-01-14 (39 years )
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Geilenkirchen Airport (GKE) (   Deutschland)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Geilenkirchen Airport (GKE/ETNG), Deutschland
Flug nach:Geilenkirchen Airport (GKE/ETNG), Deutschland
Unfallbericht:
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.


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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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