Investigators probing the loss of a U.S. Air Force Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker in Kyrgyzstan last year have concluded that component failure and a lack of crew experience were key factors in the aircraft’s loss. Three air force personnel died when “Shell 77” crashed just 11 min. after takeoff from Manas International Airport. The aircraft, which had arrived at the base only 12 hr. before as an airframe swap, had taken off to support coalition air operations over Afghanistan. ...

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