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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 180739
Last updated: 15 December 2020
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Time:14:00 CDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Martin RB-57 Canberra
Owner/operator:Kansas National Guard
Registration: 52-1451
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:22 km from Hutchinson, KS -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Hutchinson ANGB, Kansas
Destination airport:Hutchinson ANGB, Kansas
Due to an inadvertent activation of the ejection seat handle, the control column severed leaving the pilot, Capt. Charles Simmons, with only aileron control via the control wheel. All pitch changes had to be initiated using the trim control on the horizontal stabilizer, which gave insufficient ability to prevent a stall of the aircraft as it attempted to approach the airfield. The navigator, Capt Bieberstein, was able to successfully eject from the aircraft .Capt. Simmons was killed in the crash, which occurred about 2 miles south of the airfield.


Correio da Manhã 21 August 1963, p4 Madison Jones, 1st lt. Kansas ANG, who witnessed the crash while airborne in another RB-57A from about 3 miles away.

Revision history:

29-Oct-2015 17:25 TB Added
28-Dec-2018 08:59 madison.jones Updated [Time, Registration, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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