55 Years ago today: On 25 June 1965 a USAF Boeing C-135A Stratolifter flew into a hillside shortly after a night time takeoff from El Toro MCAS, CA; killing all 84 on board.

Date:Friday 25 June 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic C135 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing C-135A Stratolifter
Operator:United States Air Force – USAF
C/n / msn:18148/C05
First flight:1961-09-05 (3 years 10 months)
Engines:Pratt & Whitney J57-P/F-59W
Crew:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 72 / Occupants: 72
Total:Fatalities: 84 / Occupants: 84
Aircraft damage:Destroyed
Aircraft fate:Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5,1 km (3.2 mls) N of Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA (NZJ) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation:351 m (1152 feet) amsl
Phase:En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA (NZJ/KNZJ), United States of America
Destination airport:Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK), United States of America

The C-135 Stratolifter originated at Fort Dix-McGuire AFB, NJ (WRI) and was bound for Okinawa, via Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA (NZJ) and Hickam AFB (HIK), Hawaii. Weather was poor at El Toro when the airplane was ready to depart: thick fog and light drizzle. Takeoff was accomplished at night at 01:45 from runway 34R. After takeoff the pilot should have made a prescribed left turn. Instead, the airplane continued straight ahead. It contacted the 1,300-foot Loma Ridge, some 150 feet below the crest. The aircraft broke up and burst into flames.