Accident Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker 58-0002, Tuesday 31 March 1959
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Date:Tuesday 31 March 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 58-0002
MSN: 17747/217
Year of manufacture:1959
Total airframe hrs:50 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:14,5 km E of Killeen, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Austin-Bergstrom AFB, TX (KAUS)
Destination airport:Austin-Bergstrom AFB, TX (KAUS)
The Boeing KC-135 departed Bergstrom AFB on a mission to refuel B-52 bombers. In the area of Killeen, TX, the airplane entered a thunderstorm. Two engines separated and one of the engines struck the tail. The airplane lost control and crashed on a cedar-cloaked hillside.
The aircraft had been delivered just 6 weeks prior to the accident.


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