Accident description
Last updated: 25 October 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 20 July 1945
Time:07:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54E-1-DO Skymaster
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-9026
C/n / msn: 27252
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near New Castle AAB, DE (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Wilmington-New Castle AAB, DE (ILG/KILG), United States of America
Destination airport:Wilmington-New Castle AAB, DE (ILG/KILG), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-54E took off from New Castle AAB, DE at 03:22 on a local transition flight. Several simulated instrument approaches were flown. During one of these approaches the airplane crossed the airfield and impacted the ground from a low altitude.
Investigators were not able to find the cause of the accident.


Sources:
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher


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Distance from Wilmington-New Castle AAB, DE to Wilmington-New Castle AAB, DE as the crow flies is 0 km (0 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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