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Last updated: 8 March 2021
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
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-0363
C/n / msn: 16430
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:70 km E off Cape Canaveral, FL, USA (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Stephenville-Ernest Harmon AFB, NL (YJT/CYJT), Canada
Destination airport:Tampa-MacDill AFB, FL (MCF/KMCF), United States of America
Ditched into the Atlantic in high winds.
The wreckage discovered June 6, 2015 in 365 feet of water

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Distance from Stephenville-Ernest Harmon AFB, NL to Tampa-MacDill AFB, FL as the crow flies is 3063 km (1915 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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Boeing C-97

  • 888 built
  • 21st loss
  • 16th fatal accident
  • 15th worst accident (at the time)
  • 24th worst accident (currently)
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