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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Fecha:miércoles 13 enero 1999
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic K35E model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker
Operador:Air National Guard
Registración: 59-1452
Numéro de série: 17940/355
Año de Construcción: 1960-01-14 (39 years )
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Geilenkirchen Airport (GKE) (   Alemania)
Elevación del lugar del accidente: 90 m (295 feet) amsl
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Geilenkirchen Airport (GKE/ETNG), Alemania
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Geilenkirchen Airport (GKE/ETNG), Alemania
Returning from an operational aerial refueling mission, the aircraft pitched up to a near vertical attitude and subsequently stalled and crashed.
The pitch up was the direct result of the horizontal stabilizer trim being in a 7.5 nose-up trim condition when the aircraft was given power to complete a go around prior to landing.
The apparent cause is now understood to be a runaway trim motor, the crew failed to notice, and when power was applied, the aircraft pitched up and stalled. The cause of the runaway motor is still unknown.


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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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