Accident Boeing RC-135S Cobra Ball II 61-2664, Sunday 15 March 1981
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Date:Sunday 15 March 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic R135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing RC-135S Cobra Ball II
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 61-2664
MSN: 18340/C20
Year of manufacture:1962
Total airframe hrs:18638 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 24
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Shemya AFB, AK (SYA) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL/PAEI)
Destination airport:Shemya AFB, AK (SYA/PASY)
Struck the ground at night while on final approach in marginal conditions (turbulence fog, blowing snow, and sleet).


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