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Last updated: 20 April 2019
Date:Tuesday 11 October 1988
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: 60-0317
C/n / msn: 18092/431
First flight: 1960-12-05 (27 years 11 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Oscoda-Wurtsmith AFB, MI (OSC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Oscoda-Wurtsmith AFB, MI (OSC), United States of America
The KC-135 tanker landed hard following a steep approach in crosswind conditions. The airplane went off the side of the runway and broke up. A fire erupted.

Runway excursion

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

METAR Weather report:
18:00 UTC / 14:00 local time:
METAR KOSC 111800Z 29008KT 7SM SCT015 SCT120 07/M01 A2983 RMK SLP104 8/260 T00671005 52010

18:50 UTC / 14:50 local time:
SPECI KOSC 111850Z 30010G18KT 7SM SCT015 BKN120 A2983 RMK SLPNO
Wind 300 degrees at 10 kts, gusting to 18 kts; Visibility: 7 miles; Scattered clouds at 1500 ft; Broken clouds at 12000 ft.


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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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