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Last updated: 17 September 2021
Date:Thursday 15 October 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 57-1513
MSN: 17584/193
First flight: 1958-12-08 (10 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Leitchfield, KY (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Columbus AFB, MS (CBM/KCBM), United States of America
Destination airport:Columbus AFB, MS (CBM/KCBM), United States of America
The Boeing Stratotanker collided in mid-air with a USAF Boeing B-52F Stratofortress (57-0036), which was carrying two nuclear bombs. The bomber was being refueled at FL320.
Both aircraft crashed.

Mid air collision
Loss of control


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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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