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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).

Mount Kit Carson
Mount Spokane.jpg
Mount Spokane (center), and Mount Kit Carson (left) as seen from northeast Spokane
Highest point
Elevation5,286 ft (1,611 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence322 ft (98 m) [1]
Parent peakMount Spokane
Coordinates47°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]
Mount Kit Carson is located in Washington (state)
Mount Kit Carson
Mount Kit Carson
Parent rangeSelkirk Range
Topo mapUSGS Mount Kit Carson
Easiest routeTrail hike

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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