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Last updated: 19 April 2019
Date:Monday 13 January 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic R135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing RC-135S Rivet Ball
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 59-1491
C/n / msn: 17979/394
First flight: 1960-06-21 (8 years 7 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Shemya AFB, AK (SYA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Shemya AFB, AK (SYA/PASY), United States of America
Destination airport:Shemya AFB, AK (SYA/PASY), United States of America
Boeing RC-135S "Rivet Ball" was returning from a reconnaissance mission when it landed back at Shemya. The plane hydroplaned and slid off the ice covered runway, plunging into a 40 feet ravine.

Runway excursion


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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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