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Last updated: 18 May 2021
Date:Tuesday 27 August 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 59-1443
MSN: 17931/346
First flight: 1959-12-08 (25 years 9 months)
Total airframe hrs:9936
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) E of Marysville-Beale AFB, CA (BAB) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Marysville-Beale AFB, CA (BAB/KBAB), United States of America
Destination airport:Marysville-Beale AFB, CA (BAB/KBAB), United States of America
During an approach, the instructor pilot allowed the co-pilot to land during an unstable approach. The #1 engine contacted the runway resulting in an engine fire. The crew continued the touch and go and began checklists for engine fire in flight. The instructor pilot failed to maintain control and the aircraft stalled, rolled to the left and crashed.

Loss of control

» Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker: More Than Just a Tanker (Aerofax Series) / Robert S Hopkins, III


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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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