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Status:Final
Date:Saturday 13 March 1982
Time:10:51
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 57-1489
MSN: 17560/169
First flight: 1958-10-30 (23 years 5 months)
Total airframe hrs:10650
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:9 km (5.6 mls) SW of Phoenix-Luke AFB, AZ (LUF) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Phoenix-Luke AFB, AZ (LUF/KLUF), United States of America
Destination airport:Phoenix-Luke AFB, AZ (LUF/KLUF), United States of America
Narrative:
The KC-135 was on an IFR flight plan and was returning to Luke AFB. The crew were carrying out a TACAN runway 3L approach. At the same time a Grumman-American AA-1 Yankee (N6160L) was in the area. The airplane had just departed from Phoenix-Sky Harbor Airport and was flying in a special traffic area where he was requested to be at or below 2000 feet. The AA-1 however, flew at 2500 feet skimming along the cloud base. The KC-135 descended through the cloud deck and collided with the AA-1. The empennage of the KC-135A separated. Control was lost and the airplane crashed inverted. The AA-1 crashed as well.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "VFR procedures - improper - pilot of other aircraft".

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» Arizona Wreck Chasing
» NTSB


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