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Last updated: 27 February 2020
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Date:Tuesday 26 June 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-97G-26-BO Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 52-2700
C/n / msn: 16731
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Roswell-Walker AFB, NM (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Roswell-Walker AFB, NM, United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The KC-97G air tanker lost a blade of the no.2 prop on takeoff from Roswell-Walker AFB. The blade slashed through the fuselage and hit the refueling tanks. The aircraft rolled into the ground and was totally destroyed.

Classification:
Prop/turbine blade separation
Loss of control

Sources:
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
» Passauer Neue Presse 28 June 1956, p2


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