Accident Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker 59-1452,
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Date:Wednesday 13 January 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35E model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker
Owner/operator:Air National Guard
Registration: 59-1452
MSN: 17940/355
Year of manufacture:1960
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Geilenkirchen Airport (GKE) -   Germany
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Geilenkirchen Airport (GKE/ETNG)
Destination airport:Geilenkirchen Airport (GKE/ETNG)
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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