ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48299
Last updated: 11 December 2013
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Narrative:58-0188 call sign "Hobo 28" from Plattsburg AFB was on a "Chrome Dome" airborne alert over the Ballistic Missle Early Warning System (BMEWS) at Thule Air Base, Greenland, when an in-flight fire caused by a faulty heater knocked out electrical power. Crew ejected over Thule Air Base, except for one who was killed bailing out through a hatch. Bomber crashed onto sea ice. High explosive of four thermonuclear bombs detonated on impact, causing widespread contamination, but no nuclear detonation. Operation Crested Ice launched to clean up radioative ice & snow.
Boeing B-52G-100-BW Stratofortress
|Owner/operator:||528th BS 380th SW, USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 464256|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 7|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||7.5 miles West of Thule Air Base, Greenland at 76°31′40″N -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Plattsburgh AFB, NY|
|Destination airport:||Plattsburgh AFB, NY|
Pilot/Commander:Capt John Haug USAF ejected.
Co-pilot:Capt Leonard Svitenko USAF unsuccesful manual bail-out attempt - killed during crash.
Sup/Pilot:Maj Alfred Joe D'Amario USAF ejected (safety officer from Wing HQ).
EWO: Capt Richard "Dick" Marx USAF ejected.
Rad/Nav: Maj Frank Hopkins USAF ejected.
Nav:Capt Curtis Criss USAF ejected.
AG:S/Sgt Cal Snapp USAF ejected.
Sgt Snapp ejected facing backwards at 6000ft, 600 knots, sustained back and elbow injuries. His helmet was torn from his head by the force of the ejection. The helmet was found 9 years later from Greenland Fox canyon by two USAF servicemen who were hiking
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_Thule_Air_Base_B-52_crash http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/b52_stratofortress.htm http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1958.html http://www.ksla.com/story/8708856/listing-of-b-52-crashes-since-1957 http://terencegallacher.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/cameraman-tales-jan-borg/ http://www.strategic-air-command.com/bases/Plattsburgh_AFB.htm http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17921881 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7720049.stm
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]|
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Time, Source]|
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