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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Date:Sunday 18 March 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-35-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-23867
C/n / msn: 9729
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:51 km (31.9 mls) NE of Cold Bay-Fort Randall, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK (EDF/PAED), United States of America
Destination airport:Adak Island NAS, AK (ADK/PADK), United States of America
Crashed in Cathedral Valley, near Mount Pavlof.

» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Ellensburg Daily Record - Mar 20, 1945
» The Niagara Falls Gazette - Mar 27, 1945


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK to Adak Island NAS, AK as the crow flies is 1911 km (1194 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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