Flugunfall 05 JUN 1969 einer Boeing RC-135E Rivet Amber 62-4137 - Shemya, AK, USA [Bering Sea]
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Datum:Donnerstag 5 Juni 1969
Zeit:10:22
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic R135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing RC-135E Rivet Amber
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 62-4137
Werknummer: 18477/C43
Baujahr: 1962-07-18 (6 years 11 months)
Betriebsstunden:3350
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-5
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 19 / Insassen: 19
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 19 / Insassen: 19
Sachschaden: Vermisst
Konsequenzen: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Unfallort:ca 400 km E off Shemya, AK, USA [Bering Sea] (   Pacific Ocean)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Shemya AFB, AK (SYA/PASY), USA
Flug nach:Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK (EIL/PAEI), USA
Unfallbericht:
RC-135E "Rivet Amber" was at that time the most sophisticated reconnaissance plane of the US Air Force. It was converted to this configuration in 1963 to fly reconnaissance missions against the Soviet re-entry range off the Kamchatka Peninsula. On June 5, 1969, Rivet Amber departed Shemya for a flight to Fairbanks for routine maintenance. About thirty minutes after departing Shemya, Rivet Amber (callsign Irene 92) transmitted the following message to Elmendorf AFB: "Elmendorf Airways, Irene 92 experiencing vibration in flight. Not certain of the emergency. We have the aircraft under control, Irene 92." This was the last radio contact with the flight. Unidentified microphone keying clicks continued until 10:22. The aircraft crashed at sea.
After more than three weeks of intensive search and rescue operations, the efforts were called off. Neither a single piece of wreckage nor any personnel were ever found.

Informationsquelle:
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accident date: 05-06-1969
type: Boeing RC-135E Rivet Amber
registration: 62-4137
 

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Shemya AFB, AK to Fairbanks-Eielson AFB, AK as the crow flies is 2528 km (1580 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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