Accident description
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 26 January 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-1-DC (DC-4)
Operator:United States Marine Corps
Registration: 42-72469
C/n / msn: 10574
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:near Snag, YT (   Canada) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK (EDF/PAED), United States of America
Destination airport:Great Falls-Malmstrom AFB, MT (GFA/KGFA), United States of America
Narrative:
The USMC Douglas C-54 departed Elmendord AFB (EDF) on a flight to Great Falls (GFA). It took Amber Airway No.2 over Canada, but failed to arrive at its destination. Last radio contact was at 17:09 near Snag, YT. The wreckage still had not been found by 1951.

Sources:
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher


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Distance from Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK to Great Falls-Malmstrom AFB, MT as the crow flies is 2847 km (1780 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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