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Last updated: 20 June 2019
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Date:Wednesday 29 January 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-97L Stratotanker
Operator:Air National Guard
Registration: 52-0904
C/n / msn: 16598
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,8 km (0.5 mls) S of Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Key West International Airport, FL (EYW/KEYW), United States of America
Destination airport:Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE/KMKE), United States of America
Narrative:
The Boeing KC-97, operated by the Wisconsin Air National Guard, was arriving at Milwaukee in fog and rain. The ceiling was reportedly at 200 feet and the visibility was half a mile. On final approach the airplane contacted the ground short of the runway, broke up and caught fire.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» State's Adjudant General, wife killed in plane crash (Oshkosh Daily Northwestern , 1969-01-30)
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde


Photos

photo of Boeing-KC-97L-Stratofreighter-52-0904
accident date: 29-01-1969
type: Boeing KC-97L Stratofreighter
registration: 52-0904
photo of Boeing-KC-97L-Stratofreighter-52-0904
accident date: 29-01-1969
type: Boeing KC-97L Stratofreighter
registration: 52-0904
photo of Boeing-KC-97L-Stratofreighter-52-0904
accident date: 29-01-1969
type: Boeing KC-97L Stratofreighter
registration: 52-0904
 

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Key West International Airport, FL to Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI as the crow flies is 2108 km (1317 miles).

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

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