Date & Time: Sep 20, 1989 at 1500 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
Eielson - Eielson
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Following an uneventful refueling mission, the crew returned to Eielson AFB. After landing, the aircraft was parked on the apron and when the crew shut down the engine, an explosion occurred. The aircraft was totally destroyed by fire and two crew members were killed while five others were rescued.
It was determined that a fuel pump overheated, causing an explosion after contacting fuel vapor.