Accident Lockheed C-130B Hercules 61-2641, Sunday 20 March 1966
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Date:Sunday 20 March 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed C-130B Hercules
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 61-2641
MSN: 3677
Year of manufacture:1962
Engine model:Allison T56-A-7
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:50 km NW of Bardufoss Airport (BDU) -   Norway
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Évreux-Fauville Air Base (EVX/LFOE)
Destination airport:Bardufoss Airport (BDU/ENDU)
The C-130B, assigned to the 313th Troop Carrier Wing, flew from Evereux to Bardufoss to pick up troops who would participate in the NATO exercise Winter Express.
In snowy weather around freezing temperature with poor visibility the Hercules crashed into Svanfjellet west of Bardufoss at night at a height of 2650 feet on the island of Senja on approach to Bardufoss Air Station, Norway.
According to the Accident Investigation Board at that time, the ATC had cleared the plane to descend to 6000 feet when the crew of the plane repeated an incorrect height clearance. The radar controller at Bardufoss did not perceive the misunderstanding. The crash killed the entire crew, five officers and two enlisted men. All were U.S. citizens.


Per Overgaard (E-mail, 19-3-2012)



photo (c) Ivar Lundby; 50 km NW of Bardufoss Airport (BDU); 2017

photo (c) Ivar Lundby; 50 km NW of Bardufoss Airport (BDU); 2017

photo (c) Ivar Lundby; 50 km NW of Bardufoss Airport (BDU); 2017

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