Our equipment was what made the SAC Looking Glass Mission what it was. Samples of various materials are sometimes heated in Laboratory ovens to mimic the natural aging process. RICHARD K. ARTHUR, 28, flight mechanic, Charleston, W. Va. Given what was there and possibilities of what went wrong it was no doubt terrifying for them. Crash of a Boeing EC-135K Stratotanker near Kirtland AFB: 20 killed. I knew some of the crew members simply from the fact that they were present when I refueled their plane.

Albuquerque Journal New Mexico 1977-09-16. But it was more commonly referred to as Post Attack Command And Control Systems (PACCS). It's been 40 years and I never knew their names until now. I could tell the bulk of the explosion came up from the east side of the mountain. Contact me. The crew headed out again at first light Thursday. Details. I heard rumors later that the plane had a known but minor engine problem, that it was fuel heavy and the crew was at the mandatory rest limit but wanted to press on for home after a long time away at an exercise. God be with those killed, and their families and friends. A Tactical Air Command jet crashed and exploded on a mountainside nuclear storage facility at top-secret Manzano Base late Wednesday night killing all 20 men on board. Small groups of spectators gathered in the mesa between Four Hills and the base, which is surrounded by a high-voltage electric fence, watching the flares and the two helicopters which spotlighted the area. The collection was performed by Kirtland Air Force Base 377th Air Base Wing Explosive Ordnance Disposal and the Civil Engineering group. Falling temperatures and darkness forced search and rescue teams to call off efforts to get to the plane Wednesday afternoon.

The broken arrow took place April 11, 1950, when a B-29 carrying a Mk4 atomic bomb crashed into the mountain shortly after takeoff.

Aircraft Crash Sites.

Here is a list of the 20 victims in the crash: I've been looking for information on it, and only found news articles.

They did not die alone and they could not have suffered. But the reason for the crash won't really be known until an investigation team, due at Manzano this morning, finishes sifting through the debris.

I'm doing research on a book of crashes that includes this one - would you be interested in chatting a bit more about it? LLNL researchers Mark Hart, Matt Lyman and Salustra Urbin were combing through rusted propellers and a split Mk4 bomb case in the foothills of Manzano Mountain, just a few miles east of Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. All six individuals hiked up the steep mountainside to explore the wreckage.

BEN ORRELL, Air Force information officer, said. The HE samples are a different formulation than the modern insensitive HE that is in much of the current stockpile.

There were crew members on board. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all 20 occupants were killed. It looked like pictures I'd seen of a hydrogen bomb."

LEE EGGERICKS, 27, co-pilot, Orchard Lake, Mich. They told me his wife said she was awakened by "something scratching" at her window, at about 0148 hrs.

He hadn't even rotated yet but should have been off with enough altitude to be fully visible above the hanger way before then. Coordinates: 34°47′N 106°24′W / 34.79°N 106.40°W / 34.79; -106.40, https://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=gnispq:3:0::NO::P3_FID:918245, http://www.summitpost.org/manzano-mountains/347496, "Proterozoic magmatism and regional contact metamorphism in the Sandia-Manzano Mountains, New Mexico, USA", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Manzano_Mountains&oldid=959416877, Landforms of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, Articles with unsourced statements from January 2017, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 28 May 2020, at 17:31.