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    Default KC-135 Crash in Kyrgyzstan

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    The Kyrgyzstan emergencies ministry says a U.S. Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, used to refuel military aircraft, has crashed near an American air base in the country.

    The Associated Press reports the plane went down Friday afternoon about 100 miles west of the re-named U.S. air base now called the Transit Center at Manas.

    The base name was changed after a series of controversies local, as well as regional pressures to close it down, were resolved in 2010.

    Regional official, Kuralbek Khamaliyev, told the AP the tanker broke into three pieces after crashing in a deserted portion of land near the village of Chaldovar.

    The KC-135 has a solid reliability record and the last time one of the Air Force tanker's crashed was more than 14 years ago. That Air National Guard plane went down in Germany on approach after returning from a refueling mission.

    The air base at Manas was opened in December 2001 in preparation for Operation Enduring Freedom, and the refueling of jets flying over Afghanistan.

    The base, however, has seen its share of obstacles.

    The 2005 Tulip Revolution that toppled Kyrgyz president Askar Akayev from power had no immediate affect on Manas' mission, but the country's new president demanded more money for allowing the military to continue its presence there.

    Though U.S. forces remained, the State Department received a formal eviction notice in 2009.

    Days later Russia announced $2 billion in loans and $150 million in aid to Kyrgyzstan. Experts believe the compensation from Moscow was dependent upon U.S. expulsion from the country.

    To retain use of the base U.S. officials upped the annual rent payment from about $17 million to $60 million and agreed to another $117 million in payments.

    Realizing that ridding the region of a U.S. military presence was simply a matter of cash, the Chinese government allegedly offered Kyrgyzstan $3 billion.



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    This one is close to home you might say. I know lots of folks over there right now.
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    Default Re: KC-135 Crash in Kyrgyzstan

    Talk about a series of bad luck...this is 3 crashes in a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Alfredo View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by VFFTSGT View Post
    Talk about a series of bad luck...this is 3 crashes in a week.
    They say things come in threes. It's been a rough week for the AF.
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    Default Re: KC-135 Crash in Kyrgyzstan

    The way the wreckage is scattered over a large area seems to match witness accounts of the plane exploding at altitude.
    My first guess would be a fuel transfer pump overheating and igniting vapors in one of the fuel cells. Although it has been a long time since we lost a KC-135 in that manner, we have lost them before because of this.

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    I did an a-10 crash, it was low and in a ton of pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe Anecdote View Post
    Was your A-10 in a “ton of pieces” because it hit the ground? Chances are the wreckage was confined to a relatively small area.

    It looks like this KC-135 exploded and disintegrated above 10,000 feet and that the wreckage is scattered over a large area.
    Was in a ton of pieces. Pilot was in ejection seat, nothing in head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tak View Post
    I did an a-10 crash, it was low and in a ton of pieces.
    Was your A-10 in a “ton of pieces” because it hit the ground? Chances are the wreckage was confined to a relatively small area.

    It looks like this KC-135 exploded and disintegrated above 10,000 feet and that the wreckage is scattered over a large area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe Anecdote View Post
    Was your A-10 in a “ton of pieces” because it hit the ground? Chances are the wreckage was confined to a relatively small area.

    It looks like this KC-135 exploded and disintegrated above 10,000 feet and that the wreckage is scattered over a large area.
    Was in a ton of pieces. Pilot was in ejection seat, nothing in head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tak View Post
    Was in a ton of pieces. Pilot was in ejection seat, nothing in head.
    Gee, thanks for explaining it to me.

    What were you doing at the crash site? Delivering coffee and doughnuts to the recovery team?

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