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Brazil KC-137 crashes on take off

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posted on May, 27 2013 @ 12:06 PM
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A Brazilian Air Force KC-137, a converted Boeing 707 airliner, crashed on take off from Haiti carrying 141 people (131 troops returning from a peacekeeping mission in Haiti). Miraculously there were no injuries.

Reports say that one of the engines exploded shortly after take off, and the crew set the plane back down onto the runway. Either after setting back down, or after going off the end of the runway, the landing gear collapsed. The runway was closed to all aircraft for several hours while the aircraft was removed.

Brazil has two KC-137s, both of which began as airliners in the 1960s, and were converted to tankers in 1986. Brazil has recently chosen IAI to convert two 767-300ERs into tankers to replace the two KC-137s.


A Brazilian air force KC-137 crashed on 26 May with no injuries to the 141 people aboard while attempting to take-off from the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port au Prince, Haiti.

The Brazilian air force released a statement saying only that a "technical problem" caused the KC-137 to exit the runway around 15:30 GMT.

The aircraft was loaded with 131 Brazilian troops who were returning to Brazil after a six-month deployment in support of the United Nations stabilisation mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

www.flightglobal.com...




posted on May, 27 2013 @ 12:11 PM
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Thankfully no one was killed. But I must correct your OP. Brazil now has one KC-137.

Well, it'll push their upgrade program at least.



posted on May, 27 2013 @ 12:20 PM
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Actually, depending on damage, and how long the upgrades are going to take, it may be possible to repair this one. I've seen large aircraft land gear up and do a massive amount of damage, be returned to service within a year. The best example of that is the C-17 in Afghanistan.








posted on May, 27 2013 @ 12:23 PM
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Well, considering all the pieces parts at Davis Montham, I'm sure it could be cheaper than a new contract.

But then again, as you so fond of pointing out, there is the age factor.
edit on 27-5-2013 by TDawgRex because: ETA



posted on May, 27 2013 @ 12:36 PM
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It'll be interesting to see what route they decide to go. It all depends on when they are scheduled to get their first KC-767. From all reports they only just selected the KC-767 so it'll be at least a couple of years before their first one.

There is another route apparently. At one point in time they had at least three KC-137s, probably four (although I can only find pictures of three). If they have retired two of them, they could always bring one back into service to replace this one.



posted on May, 27 2013 @ 03:10 PM
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Some reports are saying there were 121 peacekeepers on board, and that it went off the runway on the takeoff roll, not after take off.

It was tail number 2404 it looks like, which was first built in 1968.






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