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Last updated: 26 November 2021
Date:Tuesday 31 March 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 58-0002
MSN: 17747/217
First flight: 1959-01-26 (2 months)
Total airframe hrs:50
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:14,5 km (9.1 mls) E of Killeen, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Austin-Bergstrom AFB, TX (KAYS), United States of America
Destination airport:Austin-Bergstrom AFB, TX (KAYS), United States of America
The Boeing KC-135 departed Bergstrom AFB on a mission to refuel B-52 bombers. In the area of Killeen, TX, the airplane entered a thunderstorm. Two engines separated and one of the engines struck the tail. The airplane lost control and crashed on a cedar-cloaked hillside.
The aircraft had been delivered just 6 weeks prior to the accident.

Engine separation
Loss of control

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