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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 17 May 1966
Time:21:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 57-1424
C/n / msn: 17495/104
First flight: 1958-06-11 (7 years 11 months)
Total airframe hrs:3482
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Amarillo AFB, TX (AMA) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 1099 m (3606 feet) amsl
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Amarillo AFB, TX (AMA/KAMA), United States of America
Destination airport:Amarillo AFB, TX (AMA/KAMA), United States of America
Narrative:
Struck the ground during an oscillating unstable approach to land following a four-hour refueling mission.

Sources:
» Four crewmen die in crash (Mansfield News Journal, 1966-05-19)
» Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker: More Than Just a Tanker (Aerofax Series) / Robert S Hopkins, III


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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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