|Date||14 March 1961|
|Type||Uncontrolled decompression; fuel exhaustion|
|Site||15 miles (24 km)
West of Yuba City, California
|Aircraft type||B-52F Stratofortress|
|Operator||Strategic Air Command, United States Airforce|
|Flight origin||Mather Air Force Base|
The 1961 Yuba City B-52 crash refers to an accident on March 14, 1961, at Yuba City, California. A B-52F-70-BW Stratofortress bomber, 57-0166, c/n 464155, carrying two nuclear weapons, that had departed from Mather Air Force Base near Sacramento, 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 15 miles (24 km) West of Yuba City, tearing the nuclear weapons from the aircraft on impact.