Accident Boeing B-52G-95-BW Stratofortress 58-0187,
ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48300
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:Tuesday 24 January 1961
Time:12:30 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing B-52G-95-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:4241st Strategic Wg SAC USAF
Registration: 58-0187
MSN: 464255
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Faro, 12 miles north of Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Crashed and destroyed due to fatigue failure of starboard wing after fuel leak at high altitude. Wing failed when flaps were selected during emergency approach to Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, North Carolina, on January 24 1961.

Two nuclear weapons separated from the aircraft, one fell by parachute, and was caught by its parachute in the branches of a tree. The weapons came down at Faro, 12 miles (19 km) north of Goldsboro, North Carolina at approximate co-ordinates 35.5123°N 77.8463°W. One Mk.39 nuclear weapon crashed into the ground at approximately the speed of sound and buried its self deeply. The Air Force was unable to recover parts of the Mk.39 buried below about 40 feet due to flooding in the hole, so much of it was left in place. It was found that all but the last of four firing safeties had released on both bombs. Today, The Air Force still owns a 200 foot circle of ground in the field and occasionally tests for radiation

Pilot: Maj Walter S Tulloch USAF ejected minor injuries.
Co-pilot: Capt Richard W Hardin USAF ejected minor injuries.
Rad/Nav: Maj Eugene Shelton USAF ejected killed.
Nav: Capt Paul E Brown USAF ejected minor injuries.
EWO: 1st/Lt William H Wilson USAF ejected serious injuries.
EWO/Inst: Maj Eugene H Richards USAF bailed out killed.
3rd pilot: 1st/Lt Adam C Mattocks USAF bailed out minor injuries.
AG: T/Sgt Francis R Barnish USAF killed.

On July 2, 2012, the state of North Carolina erected a historical road marker in the town of Eureka, 3 miles north of the crash site, commemorating the crash under the title "Nuclear Mishap.", The unveiling ceremony was attended by Adam Mattocks, the sole survivor in 2012 of the crew of 58-0187


Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
09-Nov-2009 19:14 JINX Updated
09-Nov-2009 19:16 JINX Updated
09-Nov-2009 19:17 JINX Updated
09-Nov-2009 19:19 JINX Updated
09-Nov-2009 19:26 JINX Updated
15-Feb-2013 20:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
28-Dec-2015 15:09 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
01-Feb-2020 21:37 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
24-Feb-2020 17:19 Xindel XL Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2023 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314