Airplane Crash - Near Fairchild Afb, Washington Dc 09/08/1958

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Fairchild AFB, Washington DC


Date09/08/1958
LocationNear Fairchild AFB, Washington DC
OperatorMilitary - U.S. Air Force / U.S. Air Force
TypeBoeing B-52 / Boeing B-52
Registration56-661 / 56-681
Aboard16
Fatalities13
Ground0
SummaryIn VFR conditions the two Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers approached the same runway at the same time. The two aircraft rammed into each other 900 feet above the ground and crashed. Eight out of 9 aboard 56-661 were killed. Five out of 7 aboard 56-681 were killed. Operator error, in that the pilots of both aircraft failed to maintain safe separation during VFR conditions.

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