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Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:vendredi 7 janvier 1949
Heure:16:45
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54G-5-DO (DC-4)
Compagnie:United States Air Force - USAF
Immatriculation: 45-543
Numéro de série: 35996
Année de Fabrication: 1945
Equipage:victimes: 4 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Total:victimes: 6 / à bord: 6
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de Garstang (   Royaume Uni)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Militaire
Aéroport de départ:Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB (FRF/EDAF), Allemagne
Aéroport de destination:Burtonwood Airport (BUT/EGOB), Royaume Uni
Détails:
Douglas Skymaster 45-543 was participating in the Berlin Airlift. To undergo its 200 hour maintenance inspection, the airplane was to be ferried to Burtonwood (BUT). The aircraft took taken off at 13:12 from Rhein-Main AFB (FRF). The flight was uneventful and the pilot was cleared to make a VFR approach to Burtonwood. The airplane descended through the cloud and flew into the face of Stake House Fell. Investigation revealed that a strong signal from commercial radio station North of the Burtonwood base was interfering with the Burtonwood Range signal, causing the radio compass on board aircraft to continue to indicate that the base was to their North even after they had passed to the North of the Range Station.

Sources:
» C-54 Skymaster 45-543 - Stake House Fell - 7th January 1949
» The Unheralded: Men and Women of the Berlin Blockade and Airlift/Edwin Gere


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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB et Burtonwood Airport est de 852 km (532 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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