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Accident description
Last updated: 26 September 2016
Status:
Date:Monday 11 May 1964
Time:19:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic C135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing C-135B
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 61-0332
C/n / msn: 18239/C17
First flight: 1962-02-02 (2 years 3 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-5
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 74 / Occupants: 74
Total:Fatalities: 79 / Occupants: 84
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Angeles City-Clark Air Base (CRK) (   Philippines)
Crash site elevation: 148 m (486 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK), United States of America
Destination airport:Angeles City-Clark Air Base (CRK/RPMK), Philippines
Narrative:
The C-135 aircraft was on a MATS flight from Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA (SUU) to Clark Air Base in the Philippines via Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK). Thunderstorms were in the area as the flight approached Clark AB. An indefinite ceiling was at 300 feet and visibility was 2000 m. The crew carried out a PAR approach to runway 02. The aircraft descended below the glidepath and the crew were urged to initiate go around as the C-135 had descended below the PAR lower safety limit. By then the co-pilot had the runway in sight and the approach was continued. On finals, the undercarriage struck the perimeter fence. The airplane struck a TACAN facility , hit the ground and slid across a road, striking a cab and killing the driver. The airplane broke up and caught fire.

Sources:
» U.S. Plane Crashes Near Manila, 71 Of 83 Are Dead (The Sheboygan Press Monday, May 11, 1964)
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999


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Distance from Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI to Angeles City-Clark Air Base as the crow flies is 8492 km (5308 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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