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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Date:Wednesday 25 April 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Woodbine, KS (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Topeka-Forbes AFB, KS (FOE/KFOE), United States of America
Destination airport:Topeka-Forbes AFB, KS (FOE/KFOE), United States of America
The aircaft crashed in a wheat field.

Reportedly a propeller blade failed which penetrated the fuselage, causing a depressurization. The KC-97 went into a flat spin and crashed. This was was attributed to a failure to inspect the props on schedule using non-destructive testing.

Prop/turbine blade separation
Loss of control

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Boeing C-97

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