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Date:Tuesday 29 October 1957
Time:ca 08:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 52-2711
MSN: 16742
First flight:
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-59
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:56 km (35 mls) N of Flagstaff, AZ (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Roswell-Walker AFB, NM, United States of America
Destination airport:Roswell-Walker AFB, NM, United States of America
The KC-97 departed at 06:30 for a 9-hour, low-level survey flight. Weather was poor and it was determined that the aircraft made a wrong position report. The aircraft was observed flying over the town of Gray Mountain at an altitude of 60 feet, where the cloud ceiling dropped to a few feet above the ground. Seconds later, an explosion was heard as it impacted on a cloud-shrouded mountain.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain


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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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Boeing C-97

  • 888 built
  • 17th loss
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