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Last updated: 17 February 2020
Date:Wednesday 15 October 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic C141 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-141B Starlifter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 65-0246
C/n / msn: 300-6097
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:28675
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA (SUU) (   United States of America)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA (SUU/KSUU), United States of America
As the C-141B approached Travis AFB, they were advised of a bomb threat at the passenger terminal. In night-time conditions the crew had to park the aircraft which was normally reserved for tow-in parking. The captain complained about this to the marshaller, but he was told to taxy the aircraft to the parking spot. Wing walkers were present near each wing. While starting a hard right turn , the left wing struck a light pole, rupturing the no. 1 main tank. Fuel ran down the light pole and into a high voltage junction box at the base of the pole, igniting a fire that spread back up the pole and onto the wing. The crew evacuated the aircraft and the fire services were able to contain the fire to the left wing.


» C-141 Lifetime Mishap Summary / Lt. Col. Paul M. Hansen, USAFR, Ret. McChord AFB WA (1 October, 2004)


photo of Lockheed-C-141B-Starlifter-65-0246
accident date: 15-10-1986
type: Lockheed C-141B Starlifter
registration: 65-0246
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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