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Date:Friday 25 June 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic C135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing C-135A Stratolifter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 60-0373
MSN: 18148/C05
First flight: 1961-09-05 (3 years 10 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P/F-59W
Crew:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 72 / Occupants: 72
Total:Fatalities: 84 / Occupants: 84
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5,1 km (3.2 mls) N of Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA (NZJ) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 351 m (1152 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA (NZJ/KNZJ), United States of America
Destination airport:Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK), United States of America
The C-135 Stratolifter originated at Fort Dix-McGuire AFB, NJ (WRI) and was bound for Okinawa, via Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA (NZJ) and Hickam AFB (HIK), Hawaii. Weather was poor at El Toro when the airplane was ready to depart: thick fog and light drizzle. Takeoff was accomplished at night at 01:45 from runway 34R. After takeoff the pilot should have made a prescribed left turn. Instead, the airplane continued straight ahead. It contacted the 1,300-foot Loma Ridge, some 150 feet below the crest. The aircraft broke up and burst into flames.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain


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Distance from Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA to Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI as the crow flies is 4138 km (2586 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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-135

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