Mount Kit Carson

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Mount Kit Carson
Mount Kit Carson is located in Washington (state)
Mount Kit Carson
Mount Kit Carson
Highest point
Elevation 5,286 ft (1,611 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 322 ft (98 m) [1]
Coordinates 47°55′02″N 117°08′31″W / 47.9171207°N 117.1418732°W / 47.9171207; -117.1418732Coordinates: 47°55′02″N 117°08′31″W / 47.9171207°N 117.1418732°W / 47.9171207; -117.1418732[2]
Location Spokane County, Washington, U.S.
Topo map USGS Mount Kit Carson
Easiest route Trail hike

Mount Kit Carson is a mountain located northeast of Spokane, Washington with and elevation of 5,286 feet (1,611 m)). It is in Mount Spokane State Park, the largest of Washington's State Parks at 13,919 acres (5,633 ha).

On September 10, 1962, a KC-135 was descending in for a landing at Fairchild Air Force Base when it flew into a fog shrouded ravine on Mount Kit Carson. Forty-four people were killed in the accident. It was the worst aviation accident in U.S. history (at the time) and as of October 2012, remains the 3rd worst accident (currently) involving a KC-135.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Mount Kit Carson, Washington". Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mount Kit Carson". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Camden, Jim (September 9, 2012). "50 years ago, 44 men died when KC-135 crashed before landing". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Accident description for Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker 60-0352 Spokane, WA at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on November 1, 2012.

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