Date & Time: Jan 31, 1989 at 1210 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
Dyess - Hickham
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Shortly after liftoff from runway 16 at Dyess AFB, while climbing to a height of about 60-100 feet, the aircraft banked right, causing the right wing to struck the ground. Out of control, the aircraft crashed in a huge explosion and was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire. All 19 occupants were killed, among them army officer and family members including spouses and children.
It is believed that vapor was coming out from an engine, maybe due to a technical problem on the water injection system.