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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48287
Last updated: 5 August 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-52H-175-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:5th Bomb Wing, USAF (5th Bomb Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 61-0033
C/n / msn: 464460
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Minot AFB, ND -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Minot AFB, ND
Destination airport:
B-52H s/n 61‑0033 of the 5th Bomb Wing, USAF based at Minot AFB, North Dakota. Destroyed November 14 1975 when burnt out on ground caused when boost pump in tank ignited fuel. A static electricity spark from a crewman's nylon jacket was said to be the cause.

The plane exploded during refueling, killing the 2 refuelers on the ground. The crew chief (Staff Sgt Mikkelson) was not on site at the time. The entire front 20 feet or so of the aircraft was blown forward about 50 feet, which kept the airman attending the fuel panel from being killed. The cockpit came to rest canted about 45 degrees on its left side, and he was able to get out through the co-pilot's window, which was open before the blast.


Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
12-Feb-2013 17:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-May-2014 05:57 The3iron Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Other fatalities]
15-May-2014 09:45 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
01-May-2015 18:59 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
01-May-2015 19:00 harro Updated [Narrative]
31-Jan-2019 21:56 wf Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Source]
31-Jan-2019 21:58 wf Updated [Aircraft type]
03-Feb-2019 08:05 wf Updated [Aircraft type]

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