Crash of a Lockheed KC-130J Hercules into the Pacific Ocean: 5 killed

Date & Time: Dec 6, 2018 at 0200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Iwakuni - Iwakuni
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew departed Iwakuni Airport on a refuelling training mission over the Pacific Ocean. By night and in unknown circumstances, the four engine airplane collided with a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. Both aircraft went out of control and crashed into the ocean some 200 miles off Muroto Cape, Japan. The United States Marine Corps confirms that two Marines have been found. One is in fair condition and the other has been declared deceased by competent medical personnel. All five crew members from the Hercules are still missing after two days of SAR operations and presumed dead.

Crash of a Lockheed KC-130T Hercules near Itta Bena: 16 killed

Date & Time: Jul 10, 2017 at 1630 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
165000
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Cherry Point - El Centro
MSN:
5303
YOM:
1992
Crew on board:
16
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
16
Circumstances:
The aircraft left MCAS Cherry Point-Cunningham Field in the early afternoon for a refueling mission. En route, in unclear circumstances, the aircraft went out of control, dove into the ground and apparently crashed in a flat attitude in a soybeans field located 7 miles southwest of Itta Bena. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 16 occupants have been killed. They were en route to NAS El Centro, California. The aircraft was delivered in December 1992.

Crash of a Boeing KC-135R near Chorgolu: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 3, 2013 at 1455 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
63-8877
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Bishkek - Bishkek
MSN:
18725
YOM:
1964
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Tanker aircraft left Bishkek-Manas Airport at 1430LT for a routine flight over Kirghizstan. While flying in cruising altitude about 200 km west of Bishkek, aircraft became out of control and crashed in a mountainous area, near the village of Chorgolu, near the border between Kirghizstan and Kazakhstan. All three occupants were killed. Some elements (or part of these elements) of the aircraft such as left wing, vertical stabiliser, one engine and Boom and Drogue Adaptator were found at different places around the point of impact. It appears these elements does not show any trace of fire or high temperature. Structural failure in flight due to corrosion?

Crash of a Boeing 707-321B in Point Mugu NAS

Date & Time: May 18, 2011 at 1727 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N707AR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Point Mugu NAS - Point Mugu NAS
MSN:
20029/790
YOM:
1969
Flight number:
OMG70
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crew was engaged in a refuelling mission for USAF FA/18 around Point Mugu Naval Air Station. During take off roll, captain started rotation at a speed of 150 knots and after a distance of 7,000 feet. At a height of twenty feet above the ground, the number two engine speed lever went back to idle position. Crew decided to land but aircraft was unable to stop within the remaining distance available. It overrun, lost its landing gear and engines number one, two and four before coming to rest in flames in a marshy field. Aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post impact fire feed by 150,000 pounds of fuel. All three crew were slightly injured.

Crash of a Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker at Geilenkirchen AFB: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jan 13, 1999 at 2055 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
59-1452
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Geilenkirchen - Geilenkirchen
MSN:
17940
YOM:
1960
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The aircraft was returning to Geilenkirchen NATO AFB following a refueling mission over Germany on behalf of the 141st Air Refueling Wing in Fairchild, WA. On final approach by night, the crew apparently initiated a go-around procedure when the aircraft pitched up to an angle of 7,5°, stalled and crashed in a wooded area. The aircraft was destroyed and all four occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the loss of control occurred after the runway trim motor failed on approach which was unnoticed by the crew, causing the aircraft to nose up when power was applied. The cause of the runaway motor remains unknown.

Crash of a Lockheed C-141B-LM Starlifter near Harlem: 7 killed

Date & Time: Nov 30, 1992 at 2120 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
65-0255
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
McChord - McChord
MSN:
300-6106
YOM:
1965
Location:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Aircraft flight hours:
37744
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed McChord AFB on an air refuelling mission over Montana. While cruising at an altitude of 25,000 feet by night, the aircraft collided under unknown circumstances with a second USAF Lockheed C-141B-LM Starlifter registered 66-0142, carrying six crew members and taking part to the same mission. Both aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent, disintegrated in the air and crashed about 14 km north of Harlem. All 13 occupants in both aircraft were killed.

Crash of a Lockheed C-141B-LM Starlifter near Harlem: 6 killed

Date & Time: Nov 30, 1992 at 2120 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
66-0142
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
McChord - McChord
MSN:
300-6168
YOM:
1966
Location:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Aircraft flight hours:
31857
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed McChord AFB on an air refuelling mission over Montana. While cruising at an altitude of 25,000 feet by night, the aircraft collided under unknown circumstances with a second USAF Lockheed C-141B-LM Starlifter registered 65-0255, carrying seven crew members and taking part to the same mission. Both aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent, disintegrated in the air and crashed about 14 km north of Harlem. All 13 occupants in both aircraft were killed.

Ground explosion of a Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker at Eielson AFB: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 20, 1989 at 1500 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
57-1481
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Eielson - Eielson
MSN:
17552
YOM:
1958
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
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.
Probable cause:
It was determined that a fuel pump overheated, causing an explosion after contacting fuel vapor.

Crash of a Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker at Dyess AFB: 19 killed

Date & Time: Jan 31, 1989 at 1210 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
63-7990
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dyess - Hickham
MSN:
18607
YOM:
1963
Location:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
12
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
19
Circumstances:
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.
Probable cause:
It is believed that vapor was coming out from an engine, maybe due to a technical problem on the water injection system.

Crash of a Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker in Oscoda: 6 killed

Date & Time: Oct 11, 1988 at 1420 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
60-0317
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Oscoda - Oscoda
MSN:
18092
YOM:
1960
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
Following a steep approach at Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport in crosswind conditions, the four engine aircraft landed hard. Upon landing, it went out of control, veered off runway and came to rest, bursting into flames. Six crew members were killed while 10 others were injured. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.