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Last updated: 11 December 2017
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Date:Sunday 21 March 1948
Time:01:07
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-16267
C/n / msn: 20733
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:18 km (11.3 mls) NE of Woodland, WA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA (SUU/KSUU), United States of America
Destination airport:Portland-Hillsboro Airport, OR (HIO/KHIO), United States of America
Narrative:
Attempted emergency landing in darkness after engine failure.

Sources:
» El Tiempo 22 March 1948, p8
» Chicago Tribune March 24, 1948


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Distance from Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA to Portland-Hillsboro Airport, OR as the crow flies is 808 km (505 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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