Quote: A safety investigation board has convened to determine the cause of a collision between a Kyrgyz TU-154 passenger plane and an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker on the airfield at Manas International Airport Sept. 26...
The three-member crew of the KC-135 had just returned from an aerial refueling mission and was taxiing from the runway when the TU-154's wing collided with the KC-135's wing. The wing of the KC-135 caught fire as a result of the collision. The TU-154 continued its takeoff and made an immediate emergency landing. The passengers of the TU-154 were evacuated without injury...
The KC-135 aircraft and crew are deployed to Manas from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The 376th AEW at Manas has been supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan since the base opened in December 2001.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11708 posts, RR: 52 Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6998 times:
Since the TU-154 was able to fly, and land safely, I assume the damage to her is repairable. What about the damage to the KC-135 wing? Do we know how much of the wing was damaged by the collision and fire? If it is only the outboard 25' or so, the wing tip can be removed and replaced. If the damage extends to the outboard engine strut, then it will be a write off.
Moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2009 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6960 times:
From the limited info I can find (most sites are simply repeating the original information), the TU-154 lost about 8' of its wing, and the KC lost a section of its left wing and suffered damage to at least one engine, and possibly its tail, depending on which source you read.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11708 posts, RR: 52 Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6736 times:
Does anyone have a link to pictures of the damage to the KC-135R? A few days ago, on the civil aviation board, they posted a picture of the damaged wing on the TU-154. That looked like it was repairable.
Venus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1410 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5917 times:
For anybody that is interested what is left of 63-8886 just arrived here at Ktik today on a C-5 from Stewart. It was cut up with all other usable parts salvaged and palatized. Rumor has it OC/ALC will NDI all the fuselage sections to assess the fleets wear.