Fort Worth, TX Bomber Crashes, May 1952
SEVEN MISSING; TEN INJURED IN CRASH OF B-36
Ft. Worth, May 28 (AP) -- A giant B-36 bomber exploded and burst into flames at Carswell Air Force Base today. Some of the crewmen apparently perished.
Seven of the crew were reported missing.
Public relations officers at the base said ten were taken to the base hospital for treatment.
The big bomber reportedly came in for a normal landing and did not appear to be in any trouble.
Shortly after the wheels hit the runway there were three sharp explosions, followed by a tremendous blast. Dark blue smoke billowed skyward.
The B-36 is the Air Forces largest operational bomber. It carries a crew of 15 or 16 men and can stay aloft for more than 40 hours. The bomber has ten engines, six piston and four jet.
A guard said the big bomber did not crash but burst into flames after hitting the runway.
The guard said the bomber came in in a normal position, wheels down, and there was no sign of fire.
Asked, if they got anybody out, he said, "They didn't have a chance."
Thirty minutes after the explosion smoke was still billowing from the scene.
Las Cruces Sun-News New Mexico 1952-05-28
AF OFFICIALS SEEK CAUSE OF BOMBER CRASH.
10 SURVIVORS DUE QUESTIONING; SEVEN AIRMEN LOSE LIVES.
Fort Worth (AP) -- The Air Force hoped today to learn from 10 survivors what caused their giant B-36 to skid onto its home runway, explode and burn seven of their crewmates to death.
Most of the 10 received only minor injuries yesterday when they jumped out and ran from the fire that quickly enveloped all but the plane's long silver nose.
The B-36, designed to carry the atom bomb any place on the globe, was coming into Carswell Air Force Base from a routine operational flight.
The injured were whisked away to the base hospital, too shocked and shaken to be questioned by newsmen, officers said. Official inquiries by a panel of experts is standard procedure after such crashes.
The right landing gear of the world's largest land-based bomber collapsed as it floated out of rain clouds onto the runway. Flames burst out and it exploded.
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