Unfallbericht:The USAF Sabreliner departed Peterson Field (COS), bound for McClellan AFB (MCC). At the same time a Boeing NKC-135 was en route from Seattle to Albuquerque-Kirtland AFB, NM with 18 crew on board. It reportedly carried scientific equipment to make observations of the Comet Kohoutek.
|Datum:||09 FEB 1974|
|Flugzeugtyp:||North American T-39A Sabreliner|
|Fluggesellschaft:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|Triebwerk:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney JT12A-6A Turbo Wasp|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 7 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||nahe Colorado-Springs, CO (USA)
|Flugphase:|| Während des Fluges (ENR)|
|Flug von:||Colorado Springs-Peterson Field, CO (COS/KCOS), USA|
|Flug nach:||Sacramento-McClellan AFB, CA (MCC/KMCC), USA|
En route at 23,000 feet both aircraft collided. The Sabreliner struck the tail of the other plane and subsequently crashed out of control. The NKC-135 suffered only minor damage and landed safely at Albuquerque-Kirtland AFB, NM.
» 7 Killed as 2 Air Force jets collide (Pasadena Star-News 11-2-1974)
» Aircraft collision probe is under way (Times Recorder, 11-2-1974)
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Colorado Springs-Peterson Field, CO to Sacramento-McClellan AFB, CA as the crow flies is 1437 km (898 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.