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Date:jeudi 30 avril 2015
Heure:18:25
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic R135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint
Compagnie:United States Air Force - USAF
Immatriculation: 64-14848
Numéro de série: 18788
Année de Fabrication: 1965-01-21 (50 years 4 months)
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 27
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 27
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Lieu de l'accident:Bellevue-Offutt AFB, NE (OFF) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Nature:Militaire
Aéroport de départ:Bellevue-Offutt AFB, NE (OFF/KOFF), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Bellevue-Offutt AFB, NE (OFF/KOFF), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:SNOOP71
Détails:
The Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint, assigned to the 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron, 55th Wing, experienced a fire in the rear cabin during initial takeoff from runway 12 at Offutt AFB.
The aircraft and its crew were conducting a routine training mission in support of an Air Force Special Operations Command exercise. The crew consisted of cockpit crew, electronic warfare officers, intelligence operators and in-flight maintenance technicians.
The pilot aborted the takeoff, and all crew members safely evacuated the aircraft. Four crewmembers received treatment for minor smoke inhalation.
Fire crews arrived at approximately 18:29 and extinguished the flames. The fire burned a hole through the upper fuselage above the rear galley area of the aircraft, causing structural damage and
damage to aircraft control and mission related systems. Repair cost to the aircraft is estimated at $62.4 million.

Probable Cause:

The board president found by preponderance of the evidence that the cause of the mishap was a leak in the high-pressure oxygen system due to poor assembly of the system tubing at depot maintenance.
Failure by L3 Communications depot maintenance personnel to tighten a retaining nut connecting a metal oxygen tube to a junction fitting above the galley properly caused an oxygen leak. This leak created a highly flammable oxygen-rich environment that ignited. The resulting fire melted the retaining nut causing the tubing to become detached from the junction fitting, feeding more oxygen to the fire, increasing its size, and causing severe damage to the airframe, galley, and mission equipment onboard the aircraft.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 61 days (2 months)
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report


Photos

photo of Boeing-RC-135V-Rivet-Joint-64-14848
accident date: 30-04-2015
type: Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint
registration: 64-14848
photo of Boeing-RC-135V-Rivet-Joint-64-14848
accident date: 30-04-2015
type: Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint
registration: 64-14848
photo of Boeing-RC-135V-Rivet-Joint-64-14848
accident date: 30-04-2015
type: Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint
registration: 64-14848
photo of Boeing-RC-135V-Rivet-Joint-64-14848
accident date: 30-04-2015
type: Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint
registration: 64-14848
 

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