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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 183422
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic T33 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed T-33A
Owner/operator:196 FISqn / 163 FIGp CANG USAF (196 FISqn / 163 FIGp CANG United States Air Force)
Registration: 53-5956
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Clipper Mountain Range, Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Ontario ANGB, CA
Destination airport:Ontario ANGB, CA
Lockheed T-33A #53-5956, 196th FIS, 163rd FG, CANG, was flying as target for a flight of two F-102 fighter interceptors. The mission was conducted in the Big Bear, Twenty-Nine Palms and Needles training areas with the target T-33A at 39,000 feet. After approximately one and a half hours of flight time during which several intercepts were preformed, the T-33A experienced a loud explosion and an immediate loss of thrust. The loss of thrust was of such magnitude the pilot was thrown forward in the cockpit. The first explosion was followed by several seconds of vibrations and audible rumbles which were loud at first decreasing in intensity followed by a second and final explosion. Three airstarts were attempted without success. The pilot ejected from the aircraft successfully at approximately 20,000 feet.


USAF Accident Report and

Revision history:

11-Jan-2016 15:45 Tailhook68 Added
11-Jan-2016 15:45 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
19-Jan-2016 17:24 Tailhook68 Updated [Cn, Operator, Location]
19-Jan-2016 19:15 Tailhook68 Updated [Operator]
04-Feb-2020 19:46 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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