Accident Boeing KC-97F Stratofreighter 51-0363,
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Date:Wednesday 30 March 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing KC-97F Stratofreighter
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-0363
MSN: 16430
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:70 km E off Cape Canaveral, FL, USA -   Atlantic Ocean
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Stephenville-Ernest Harmon AFB, NL (YJT/CYJT)
Destination airport:Tampa-MacDill AFB, FL (MCF/KMCF)
The Boeing KC-97F Stratofreighter was en route to Tampa, Florida, USA over the Atlantic Ocean when propellers no.2 and 3 were feathered following a loss of oil.'
Six minutes later, at 20:16, the decision was made to ditch the aircraft. The ditching was carried out in calm waters, 70 km east off Tampa at 20:21. The first ship arrived on the scene at 23:15 hours and found three survivors. A helicopter and another ship rescued additional survivors after midnight.
The next morning the aircraft was being towed to shore, but sank in the process. The wreckage was rediscovered on June 6, 2015 in 365 feet of water.


Youngstown Vindicator 31 March 1960, p1
Tampa Times, 31 March 1960
US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde


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