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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 47788
Last updated: 13 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing RB-52B-20-BO Stratofortress
Owner/operator:United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 52-8716
C/n / msn: 16844
Fatalities:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 mi N of Merced-Castle AFB, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Merced-Castle AFB, CA
Destination airport:
Crashed less than 3 minutes after takeoff on a night training mission instructing former B-36 pilots. Newspaper reports indicate the Stratofortress was wracked by two explosions prior to the crash. The bomber crashed at 2205, four miles north of the base into a grain field in Merced County and disintegrated as it skidded at least a mile. The aircraft was unarmed except for 25 live photo bombs, used to illuminate the night for aerial photos. Air Force demolition experts deactivated them before any of the magnesium filled devices exploded. This was the worst single aircraft loss of life accident in the B-52s operating history with the entire crew of 10 killed. This was also the third B-52 crash at Castle in an 8 month period.


Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
25-Oct-2009 23:00 JINX Updated
26-Oct-2009 10:52 JINX Updated
14-Feb-2013 21:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Feb-2013 09:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
29-Aug-2013 09:02 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
31-Jan-2019 15:08 wf Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport]
12-Apr-2019 19:22 joanied51 Updated [Source, Narrative]

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