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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Date:Wednesday 4 October 1989
Time:ca 06:00
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: 56-3592
MSN: 17341/31
First flight: 1957-11-14 (31 years 11 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Carlingford, NB (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Limestone-Loring AFB, ME (LIZ), United States of America
Destination airport:Limestone-Loring AFB, ME (LIZ), United States of America
A fuel pump ran dry and ignited fuel vapours after becoming overheated. The aircraft crashed.

Fuel tank explosion
Loss of control

Follow-up / safety actions
Because this was the 5th such occurrence crews must now keep 3000 lb of fuel in the tank to prevent overheating.


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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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