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The B36 encountered terrain about 300 vertical feet below the summit of the ridge of the Franklin Mountains, just south of Ranger Peak. According to the accident report, the aircraft was being ferried from Carswell AFB in Fort Worth to Biggs Field in El Paso, where visibility was poor and the Franklins were obscured by low clouds. There was confusion during the approach. The aircraft mistakenly flew west of the ridge, heading north, roughly parallel to the ridge. The right wing hit the terrain, and the aircraft crashed along a path about 675 feet long, where it encountered a sheer cliff at the left side of this photo. Nine Air Force personnel perished.

03. B36 Crash Site, Franklin Mtns, March 2006.JPG


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