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The 1961 Yuba City B-52 crash refers to an accident on March 14, 1961, at Yuba City, Californiamarker. A B-52F-70-BW Stratofortress bomber, 57-0166, c/n 464155, carrying two nuclear weapons, that had departed from Mather Air Force Basemarker near Sacramentomarker, experienced an uncontrolled decompression that required it to descend to 10,000 feet in order to lower the cabin altitude. Increased fuel consumption caused by having to fly at lower altitude, combined with the inability to rendezvous with a tanker in time caused the aircraft to run out of fuel. The aircrew ejected safely, however the unmanned aircraft crashed West of Yuba Citymarker, tearing the nuclear weapons from the aircraft on impact.

The weapons did not detonate as their safety devices worked properly. A fireman was killed and several others injured in a road accident while en route to the accident scene.

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