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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 16 February 1989
Type:Boeing E-6A Hermes
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 162782
C/n / msn: 23430/983
First flight: 1987-02-19 (2 years)
Engines: 4 CFMI CFM56-2A-2
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:over Washington State (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Boeing E-6A Hermes, an airborne command post and communications relay based on the Boeing 707-320, sustained substantial damage to the tail when portions of the vertical fin and right horizontal stabilizer tore loose while the aircraft was in a steep 460 knot dive during a test flight. A safe landing was made.



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