ASN Aircraft accident Boeing C-135B Stratolifter 61-0331 Hawaii, USA
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Date:Sunday 13 June 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic C135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing C-135B Stratolifter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 61-0331
MSN: 18238/C16
First flight: 1961-12-20 (9 years 6 months)
Total airframe hrs:11062
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-5
Crew:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:113 km (70.6 mls) off Hawaii, USA (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Pago Pago International Airport (PPG/NSTU), American Samoa
Destination airport:Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK), United States of America
A Boeing C-135B plane, serial 61-0331, was destroyed in an accident in the Pacific Ocean, 113 km off Hawaii, USA. All 24 crew members were killed. The airplane operated on a flight from Pago Pago International Airport (PPG) to Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK).
The C-135 was operated by USAF 4950th Test Wing for the Space and Missile System Office (SAMSO). It had been observing the French Encelade atmospheric nuclear test at Mururoa.

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Distance from Pago Pago International Airport to Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI as the crow flies is 4186 km (2616 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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