Loss of control Accident Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker 63-7990,
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Date:Tuesday 31 January 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 63-7990
MSN: 18607/646
Year of manufacture:1963
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Abilene-Dyess AFB, TX (DYS) -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Abilene-Dyess AFB, TX (DYS/KDYS)
Destination airport:Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK)
The water-injection system failed during takeoff from Dyess AFB (DYS) runway 16. The airplane barely climbed and the wing clipped a house before the plane crashed. The passengers of the Stratotanker included spouses of military members, retired military members and one child. They were on a non-stop flight to Hawaii with an en route F-16 refueling mission.


Air Force jet crashes on takeoff, all 19 aboard dead (Valley Independent, 1989-02-01)



photo (c) United States Air Force; Abilene-Dyess AFB, TX (DYS); 31 January 1989; (publicdomain)

photo (c) collection Arno Janssen; ?

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