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Last updated: 25 August 2019
Date:Sunday 27 June 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-97G-25-BO Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 52-2654
C/n / msn: 16685
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) N of Riverside-March AFB, CA (RIV) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Altus AFB, OK (LTS/KLTS), United States of America
Destination airport:Riverside-March AFB, CA (RIV/KRIV), United States of America
Crashed into Box Springs Mountain. The airplane was diverting to San Bernardino-Norton AFB due to poor weather conditions at the destination, March AFB. It impacted a mountain and crashed on a boulder-strewn ridge.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Chicago Tribune, June 28, 1954


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Distance from Altus AFB, OK to Riverside-March AFB, CA as the crow flies is 1642 km (1027 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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