Accident description
Last updated: 29 July 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 26 July 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-5-DO (DC-4)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-107470
C/n / msn: 7489
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:SE off Greenland (   Atlantic Ocean) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport (KEF/BIKF), Iceland
Destination airport:Stephenville Airport, NF (YJT/CYJT), Canada
Narrative:
The Douglas Skymaster departed the U.K., flying American service personnel back home. Intermediate stops were planned at Keflavík, Iceland and Stephenville, Canada. Last radio contact with the flight was three hours after takeoff from Keflavík, when over the North Atlantic Ocean off Greenland. The aircraft did not arrive at Stephenville and was declared missing. No trace of the plane was ever found.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999


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Distance from Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport to Stephenville Airport, NF as the crow flies is 2724 km (1702 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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