Accident Boeing B-52G-130-BW Stratofortress 59-2600,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48376
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Date:Saturday 8 July 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing B-52G-130-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:72nd SWg (P) USAF
Registration: 59-2600
MSN: 464363
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Andersen AFB, Yigo -   Guam
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Andersen AFB, Guam (PGUA)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
B-52G s/n 59‑2600 of 72nd SW(P) based at Andersen AFB, Guam. crashed July 8, 1972 shortly after takeoff from Andersen AFB, Guam in bad weather. Improperly-secured chin radome flew off and aircraft became unstable.

According to Boeing document D3-5393-1, "Time for Action AGAIN", November 1975, states, "The... (accident) involved loss of airspeed information during the climbout. The aircraft was leveled off and allowed to decelerate into a stabilized low-speed stall.The aircraft was suspected & reported at the time to of lost the Fwd BNS Radome & the radome severed the Pitot System (Airspeed) Air Sense Source,"

All six crew ejected/bailed out and 5 survived. "Two American submarines plucked six crewmen from the Pacific Saturday a day after they had ejected from a US B-52 bomber that crashed into the sea, officials said". Lt Col James Lloyd Vaughan RN ejected but did not survive descent. His remains were found 42 days later on Yap Island. He is buried in Alabam, Arkansas.


Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
12-Feb-2013 17:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Feb-2013 23:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Country, Narrative]
20-Aug-2013 12:25 Uli Elch Updated [Location, Departure airport]
27-Dec-2013 18:53 Anon. Updated [Embed code]
28-Dec-2014 19:35 wesk Updated [Other fatalities, Narrative]
05-Jan-2016 07:16 mvaughan Updated [Date, Narrative]
03-Aug-2016 19:14 ChazT Updated [Source]
11-Jan-2017 09:01 Daniel Johansen Updated [Time, Destination airport]
31-Jan-2019 20:01 wf Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Other fatalities]
19-Aug-2020 16:08 Jixon Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
20-Feb-2021 14:46 Lelek Updated [Operator, Operator]
06-Jun-2022 09:38 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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