ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 60040
Last updated: 31 October 2014
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Date:09-FEB-1974
Time:Night
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-52G-95-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:744th BS, 456 BW, USAF
Registration: 58-0174
C/n / msn: 464244
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Beale AFB, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Beale AFB, CA
Destination airport:
Narrative:
B-52G s/n 58‑0174 of 744th BS, 456 BW at Beale AFB, CA. Crashed and destroyed on the night of February 8/9 1974. Routine nighttime training mission. Multiple engine failure veered off the runway on take‑off, overturned and and caught fire. The plane had been in for repairs and it was reported that the valve had been inspected. But the behaviour of the plane in turning and crashing was not inconsistent with a fuel valve failure shutting off fuel to one wing of the plane.

Seven of the eight crewmen aboard were killed. The sole survivor was Capt. Paul L. Baldy, 29, of Yuba City, CA. who was apparently thrown free of the wreckage before the bomber came to a halt. He was the aircraft's first pilot, but died several days later of serious burns

The plane had been in flight for two hours on a routine training mission, and had landed to take aboard an extra crewman, Capt. Michael W. Forster, 29, Stockton, CA., as an instruction pilot. He was to give Baldy a proficiency check-ride to certify him as a B-52 pilot. Baldy had flown missions in Southeast Asia as a co-pilot.

The six other victims were:
Regular co-pilot - Lt. Neal D. Kass, 26, Orange, NJ.,
Navigator - Maj. Toney V. Peter, 36, Goodland, KS.,
Electronic Warfare Officer - Capt. Lee F. Knudson, 27, Oregon City, OR.,
Navigator - Capt. Thomas E. Cannon, 25, Newark, NJ.,
Tail-gunner - Sgt. James W. Troutman, 33, Grand Coulee, WA.


Sources:
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1958.html
http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/b52_stratofortress.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_military_aircraft_(1960%E2%80%931974)#1974


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-May-2009 00:15 zerocinquanta Added
12-Feb-2013 19:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Feb-2013 19:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
19-Feb-2013 10:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities]
19-Feb-2013 10:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
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