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C-141 Tail Number: 67-0017

This aircraft was destroyed in a ground fire incident on 7 March 1982, at McEntire AAF, SC.

Synopsis: During an informal aircraft tour, the crew started the APU. An APU accumulator failed, starting a fire that destroyed the aircraft. There were no injuries.

While in crew rest during a Red Flag redeployment mission, some crew members were taking friends to see their airplane. When they started the APU, an accumulator ruptured. The resulting fire destroyed the aircraft. Burning fuel spread across the ramp and into the ramp drainage system. The pilot and flight engineer ran to a nearby C-141, threatened by the spreading fire. They started the engines and taxied the airplane to safety. There were no injuries.

The above information was provided by Paul Hansen

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