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Last updated: 26 September 2021
Date:Monday 10 December 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 52-2685
MSN: 16716
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Mistassini Lake, QC (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Plattsburgh AFB, NY (PBG/KPBG), United States of America
Destination airport:?
The ten crew members of a Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter abandoned their aircraft in mid-air over Watkins Glen, New York, USA,
when a fire had developed in the aircraft. One of the crew members was killed in the bail-out.
The aircraft continued and was later spotted 100 miles north of Montreal, Canada. It kept on flying until it came down in a remote Canadian area near Mistassini Lake, Quebec, Canada.

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Boeing C-97

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