Mid-air collision Accident Boeing B-52G-115-BW Stratofortress 58-0256, Monday 17 January 1966
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Date:Monday 17 January 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing B-52G-115-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:68th (B) Wg SAC USAF
Registration: 58-0256
MSN: 464324
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Palomares, Almería -   Spain
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
B-52G s/n 58‑0256 of 68th Bomb Wing, SAC, USAF operating out of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C.

During 24 hour "Operation Chrome Dome", collided with KC‑135A 61-0273 (c/n 18180) during air‑to‑air refuelling near Palomares, Spain. A total of four nuclear weapons fell from wreckage. Both aircraft crashed, killing three on board the B-52G, and all four on board the KC-135.

Of the crew of seven on board the B-52G, four survived, three were killed:

Aircraft Commander instructor pilot Captain Charles "Charlie" Wendorf - ejected, landed in sea
Pilot Major Larry Messinger - ejected landed in sea
Co-pilot Michael Rooney - bailed out landed in sea
Radar Navigator Capt. Ivan Buchanan - ejected came down on land

First Lieutenant George J. Glesner (killed)
First Lieutenant Steven G. Montanus (killed)
Tech. Sergeant Ronald P. Snyder (missing - presumed KIA)

Of the four Mk 28 type hydrogen bombs the B-52G carried, three were found on land near the small fishing village of Palomares in the municipality of Cuevas del Almanzora, Almería, Spain. The non-nuclear explosives in two of the weapons detonated upon impact with the ground, resulting in the contamination of a 2-square-kilometer (490-acre) (0.78 square mile) area by plutonium. The fourth, which fell into the Mediterranean Sea, was recovered intact after a 2½-month-long search



Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
12-Feb-2013 16:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Feb-2013 16:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
28-Jun-2013 08:05 Nepa Updated [Operator]
31-Jan-2019 18:16 wf Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
02-Feb-2019 20:29 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
07-Jun-2019 18:54 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
01-Jun-2024 08:33 TB Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]

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