1966 Palomares B-52 crash

1966 collision between a USAF B-52G and KC-135 over the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The 1966 Palomares B-52 crash, also called the Palomares incident, occurred on 17 January 1966, when a B-52G bomber of the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command collided with a KC-135 tanker during mid-air refueling at 31,000 feet (9,450 m) over the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain. The KC-135 was destroyed when its fuel load ignited, killing all four crew members. The B-52G broke apart, killing three of the seven crew members aboard.[1]

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1966 Palomares B-52 crash
The B28FI nuclear bomb, recovered from 2,850 feet (870 m) of water, on the deck of the USS Petrel.
Collision
Date17 January 1966
SummaryMid-air collision
SiteMediterranean Sea near Palomares, Almería
37°14′57″N 1°47′49″W
Total fatalities7
First aircraft
TypeB-52G
OperatorStrategic Air Command, United States Air Force
Registration58-0256
Flight originSeymour Johnson Air Force Base
North Carolina, United States
DestinationSeymour Johnson Air Force Base
Crew7
Fatalities3
Survivors4
Second aircraft
TypeKC-135 Stratotanker
OperatorUnited States Air Force
Registration61-0273
Flight originMorón Air Base, Spain
DestinationMorón Air Base
Crew4
Fatalities4 (all)
Survivors0
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At the time of the accident, the B-52G was carrying four B28FI Mod 2 Y1 thermonuclear (hydrogen) bombs,[2][3][4] all of which fell to the surface. Three were found on land near the small fishing village of Palomares in the municipality of Cuevas del Almanzora, Almería, Spain. The non-nuclear explosives in two of the weapons detonated upon impact with the ground, resulting in the contamination of a 0.77-square-mile (2 km2) area with radioactive plutonium. The fourth, which fell into the Mediterranean Sea, was recovered intact after a search lasting two and a half months.[5]