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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 31 January 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated C-87 Liberator Express
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-23862
C/n / msn: 648
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Lhasa (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield (KMG/ZPPP), China
Destination airport:Jorhat-Rowriah Airport (JRH/VEJT), India
Narrative:
Crashed into a glacier near Lhasa in heavy icing and strong winds.
In July 1994, the glacier melted and shifted enough to expose the twisted metal of the aircraft. A search team reached the wreckage at around 14,000 feet.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» togetherweserved.com


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Distance from Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield to Jorhat-Rowriah Airport as the crow flies is 873 km (546 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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