On October 8, 1970 at 2010 HRS, a U.S. Navy Lockheed Constellation C-121 ( BuNo 131644) named “Pegasus” of VX-6 at NAS Quonset Point, crashed while making a landing approach to McMurdo station in Antarctica.
After making six low passes over the field, the C-121J attempted to land in zero visibility, winds gusting to 40 mph in a snowstorm and in 90-degree crosswinds. The crew was unable to locate the runway. During a second attempt to land in zero visibility due to blowing snow, the Captain failed to realize his altitude was too low when the right main gear struck a snowbank and was torn off. The right wing was also torn off and the airplane crashed.
Of the 12 crew and 80 passengers, there were no deaths.
The wreck was left in place on over the years can still be seen when it’s not completely covered in snow.
4 JAN, 2017, MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — A Boeing B-52H Stratofortress (61-0001) of the 23rd Bomb Squadron, 5th Bomb Wing based at Minot AFB, North Dakota suffered an inflight mishap when the number three engine dropped off during a training flight on Wednesday, the Air Force has confirmed following questions from Defense News.
Because the B-52 runs on eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofan engines, pilots were able to land the aircraft safely without any injury to the five personnel on board. The Air Force has since dispatched a UH-1N Huey helicopter to recover engine debris, which was found located in an unpopulated area about 25 nautical miles northeast of Minot Air Force Base, an Air Force spokesman said in a statement.
“There were no weapons onboard the B-52 and was conducting a routine training mission,”
Col. Matthew Brooks, commander of the 5th Bomb Wing, part of Air Force Global Strike Command’s Eighth Air Force, created a safety investigation board to determine what caused the mishap .
On 16 JUL, 2018, the Air Force issued it’s report of the mishap. The cause of the mishap was due to the first stage fan disk of the Pratt & Whitney TF33 engine had failed in mid-air and caused the Number Three engine to break off the wing of the bomber.