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Last updated: 22 October 2021
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Date:Wednesday 30 March 1960
Time:20:21
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-97F Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-0363
MSN: 16430
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:70 km E off Cape Canaveral, FL, USA (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Stephenville-Ernest Harmon AFB, NL (YJT/CYJT), Canada
Destination airport:Tampa-MacDill AFB, FL (MCF/KMCF), United States of America
Narrative:
The Boeing KC-97F Stratofreighter was en route to Tampa, Florida, USA over the Atlantic Ocean when propellers no.2 and 3 were feathered following a loss of oil.'
Six minutes later, at 20:16, the decision was made to ditch the aircraft. The ditching was carried out in calm waters, 70 km east off Tampa at 20:21. The first ship arrived on the scene at 23:15 hours and found three survivors. A helicopter and another ship rescued additional survivors after midnight.
The next morning the aircraft was being towed to shore, but sank in the process. The wreckage was rediscovered on June 6, 2015 in 365 feet of water.

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» Youngstown Vindicator 31 March 1960, p1
» Tampa Times, 31 March 1960
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde


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Distance from Stephenville-Ernest Harmon AFB, NL to Tampa-MacDill AFB, FL as the crow flies is 3063 km (1915 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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