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Date:samedi 9 février 1974
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing NKC-135A
Compagnie:United States Air Force - USAF
Immatriculation: 55-3120
Numéro de série: 17236
Année de Fabrication: 1957-02-01 (17 years )
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord:
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord:
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 18
Victime de la collision:victimes: 7
Dégats de l'appareil: Mineurs
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:près de Colorado-Springs, CO (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Militaire
Aéroport de départ:Seattle (unknown airport), WA, Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Albuquerque-Kirtland AFB, NM (ABQ/KABQ), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
The USAF North American T-39A Sabreliner jet (60-3506) departed Peterson Field (COS), bound for McClellan AFB (MCC). At the same time a Boeing NKC-135A (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.

Sources:
» 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)


Photos

photo of Boeing-NKC-135A-55-3120
accident date: 09-02-1974
type: Boeing NKC-135A
registration: 55-3120
photo of Boeing-NKC-135A-55-3120
accident date: 09-02-1974
type: Boeing NKC-135A
registration: 55-3120
photo of Boeing-NKC-135A-55-3120
accident date: 09-02-1974
type: Boeing NKC-135A
registration: 55-3120
 
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