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Last updated: 5 December 2020
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Datum:zaterdag 9 februari 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic SBR1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American T-39A Sabreliner
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Air Force - USAF
Registratie: 60-3506
Constructienummer: 265-34
Bouwjaar:
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT12A-6A Turbo Wasp
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 2
Totaal:slachtoffers: 7 / inzittenden: 7
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:nabij Colorado-Springs, CO (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Colorado Springs-Peterson Field, CO (COS/KCOS), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Sacramento-McClellan AFB, CA (MCC/KMCC), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
The USAF Sabreliner jet departed Peterson Field (COS), bound for McClellan AFB (MCC). At the same time a Boeing NKC-135A (55-3120) (Airborne Laser Lab) was en route from Seattle to Albuquerque-Kirtland AFB, NM with 18 crew on board. It reportedly carried scientific equipment to make observations of the Comet Kohoutek.
En route at 23,000 feet both aircraft collided. The Sabreliner struck the tail of the NKC-135 and subsequently crashed out of control. The NKC-135 suffered only minor damage and landed safely at Albuquerque-Kirtland AFB, NM.

Reportedly the Sabreliner experienced some kind of landing gear failure shortly after takeoff. The crew of the NKC-135 offered to do a visual inspection of the underside of the T-39 in flight. The collision occurred during this manoeuvre.

Bronnen:
» 7 Killed as 2 Air Force jets collide (Pasadena Star-News 11-2-1974)
» Aircraft collision probe is under way (Times Recorder, 11-2-1974)


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Colorado Springs-Peterson Field, CO en Sacramento-McClellan AFB, CA bedraagt 1437 km (898 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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