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Datum:Mittwoch 6 Februar 1991
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic K35E model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 58-0013
Werknummer: 17758
Baujahr: 1959-02-19 (32 years)
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:nahe Jeddah (   Saudi Arabien)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Jeddah-Prince Abdullah Air Base (JED/OEJN), Saudi Arabien
Flug nach:Jeddah-Prince Abdullah Air Base (JED/OEJN), Saudi Arabien
The KC-135E was engaged in a midair refueling mission as part of Operation Desert Storm, operating under the call sign Whale 05. The aircraft was scheduled to take off from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, at 17:24 local time and climb to FL250 for aerial refueling. Another KC-135 took off at about the same time and was supposed to fly on the same route.
Approximately 45 minutes after takeoff, while at FL250, Whale 05 encountered wake turbulence from the other KC-135 ahead. It banked more than 90 degrees to the left, and in a few seconds, followed by a roll to the right with a bank angle exceeding 90 degrees. The captain deployed the speed brake and recovered the aircraft to an almost horizontal state.
During the upset event, engines no.1 and 2 on the left wing had separated from the wing.
The captain dumped fuel and declared a Mayday, stating they would return to Jeddah. At FL160 it was established that the aircraft was controllable.
On approach to Jeddah, the landing gear was deployed manually because the hydraulic system was damaged. The pilot requested an ILS approach and landing on runway 34L, which was the longest runway.
The aircraft landed safely and stopped on the runway.



photo of Boeing-KC-135E-Stratotanker-58-0013
accident date: 06-02-1991
type: Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker
registration: 58-0013


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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