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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Sunday 27 June 1954
Time:03:08
Type:Boeing KC-97G-25-BO Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 52-2654
C/n / msn: 16685
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) N of Riverside-March AFB, CA (RIV) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Altus AFB, OK (LTS/KLTS), United States of America
Destination airport:Riverside-March AFB, CA (RIV/KRIV), United States of America
Narrative:
Crashed into Box Springs Mountain. The airplane was diverting to San Bernardino-Norton AFB due to poor weather conditions at the destination, March AFB. It impacted a mountain and crashed on a boulder-strewn ridge.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Chicago Tribune, June 28, 1954


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Distance from Altus AFB, OK to Riverside-March AFB, CA as the crow flies is 1642 km (1027 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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