Accident Boeing C-135A Stratolifter 60-0373, Friday 25 June 1965
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Date:Friday 25 June 1965
Time:01:46
Type:Silhouette image of generic C135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing C-135A Stratolifter
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 60-0373
MSN: 18148/C05
Year of manufacture:1961
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney J57-P/F-59W
Fatalities:Fatalities: 84 / Occupants: 84
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:5,1 km N of Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA (NZJ) -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA (NZJ/KNZJ)
Destination airport:Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK)
Narrative:
The C-135 Stratolifter originated at Fort Dix-McGuire AFB, NJ (WRI) and was bound for Okinawa, via Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA (NZJ) and Hickam AFB (HIK), Hawaii. Weather was poor at El Toro when the airplane was ready to depart: thick fog and light drizzle. Takeoff was accomplished at night at 01:45 from runway 34R. After takeoff the pilot should have made a prescribed left turn. Instead, the airplane continued straight ahead. It contacted the 1,300-foot Loma Ridge, some 150 feet below the crest. The aircraft broke up and burst into flames.

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