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Last updated: 19 September 2021
Date:Wednesday 20 September 1989
Time:ca 15:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35E model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 57-1481
MSN: 17552/161
First flight: 1958-10-10 (31 years)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Departure airport:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL/PAEI), United States of America
Destination airport:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL/PAEI), United States of America
While shutting down the engines, an explosion occurred due to an overheated fuel pump.

Damaged on the ground

» Air Force tanker explodes in Alaska, two die, five hurt (Elyria Chronicle Telegram, 1989-09-21)


photo of Boeing-KC-135E-Stratotanker-57-1481
accident date: 20-09-1989
type: Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker
registration: 57-1481


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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