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Last updated: 19 September 2021
Status:Definitief
Datum:zaterdag 13 maart 1982
Tijd:10:51
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Air Force - USAF
Registratie: 57-1489
Constructienummer: 17560/169
Bouwjaar: 1958-10-30 (23 years 5 months)
Aantal vlieguren:10650
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Botsingsslachtoffers:slachtoffers: 2
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:9 km (5.6 mijl) SW of Phoenix-Luke AFB, AZ (LUF) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Phoenix-Luke AFB, AZ (LUF/KLUF), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Phoenix-Luke AFB, AZ (LUF/KLUF), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
The KC-135 was on an IFR flight plan and was returning to Luke AFB. The crew were carrying out a TACAN runway 3L approach. At the same time a Grumman-American AA-1 Yankee (N6160L) was in the area. The airplane had just departed from Phoenix-Sky Harbor Airport and was flying in a special traffic area where he was requested to be at or below 2000 feet. The AA-1 however, flew at 2500 feet skimming along the cloud base. The KC-135 descended through the cloud deck and collided with the AA-1. The empennage of the KC-135A separated. Control was lost and the airplane crashed inverted. The AA-1 crashed as well.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "VFR procedures - improper - pilot of other aircraft".

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