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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48280
Last updated: 4 April 2021
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Time:09:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-52H-175-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:319th BWg /46th BSqn USAF (319th Bomb Wingg /46th BSqn United States Air Force)
Registration: 61-0030
C/n / msn: 464457
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rome-Griffiss AFB, Rome, New York -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Westover AFB, Massachusetts
Destination airport:Rome-Griffiss AFB, NY
Shortly after takeoff the crew had indications of a fire and/or overheat with engines 5/6. I believe they shut down both and and proceeded to Griffiss to land. Wx at Griffiss required and ILS to RWY 15 and the a/c was overweight. The first approach was terminated and control of the aircraft was lost during the missed approach. During what sounds like a stall, the A/C CC called for ejection. 2 of 8 crew member made it out of the aircraft and 6 were fatalities. Descriptions account that the aircraft rolled over from approx 2,000 feet. Sounds consistent with a stall but I don't know what would have caused it specifically. What caused the problem was multiple engine failures. Co pilot bailed out b4 order was give pilot stayed at the yolk and kept plane in air long enough to avoid crashing into trailer park. Navigator Glover stated last pilot order was "flame out, get out". Navigator Glover's injuries were extensive and spent next 1 plus in hospital recovering.

Crew of B-52H 61-0030:
Maj. Robert A. Richards, pilot - killed
1st Lt. William S. Fairhurst, co-pilot - ejected
1st Lt. Sidney W. Glover, radar navigator - ejected but sustained broken leg and chest injuries Maj. Lloyd D. Lassman, radar navigator - killed
Capt. Joe E. Turner, EWO - killed
S.Sgt. John Nealey Snyder, gunner- killed
S.Sgt. Willard F. Walker, crew chief - killed
Sgt. Gordon S. Flick, crew chief - killed


The Pilot was Maj Robert A Richards, His brother Capt Reid Richards was my father. I am also named Robert Richards, now Lt Col USAF Ret.

Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
07-Feb-2013 00:19 BucF16 Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
16-Feb-2013 16:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Feb-2013 16:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
31-Jan-2019 18:39 wf Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Destination airport]
10-Jun-2019 07:22 waco65 Updated [Narrative]
09-Oct-2019 19:43 Anon. Updated [Departure airport]
06-Apr-2020 14:58 Reno Raines Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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