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Accident description
Last updated: 23 February 2017
Date:Tuesday 21 December 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54B-5-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Civil Air Transport
Registration: N8342C
C/n / msn: 18348
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29
Total:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Basalt Island (   Hong Kong)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Shanghai/Longhua (ZSSL), China
Destination airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong
The C-54 struck Basalt Island while trying to descent through clouds.



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