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Last updated: 20 October 2021
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Samstag 13 März 1982
Zeit:10:51
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 57-1489
Werknummer: 17560/169
Baujahr: 1958-10-30 (23 years 5 months)
Betriebsstunden:10650
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Opfer des Zusammenstoßes:Todesopfer: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:9 km (5.6 Meilen) SW of Phoenix-Luke AFB, AZ (LUF) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Phoenix-Luke AFB, AZ (LUF/KLUF), USA
Flug nach:Phoenix-Luke AFB, AZ (LUF/KLUF), USA
Unfallbericht:
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".

Informationsquelle:
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