Accident
Last updated: 28 November 2014
Status:
Datum:Freitag 21 April 1950
Zeit:ca 23:25
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-10-DC (DC-4)
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 42-72704
Werknummer: 10809
Baujahr: 1945
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 8
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 27 / Insassen: 27
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 35 / Insassen: 35
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:34 km (21.3 Meilen) SW of Tachikawa AB (   Japan) show on map
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Okinawa-Kadena AFB (DNA/RODN), Japan
Flug nach:Tachikawa AB (RJTC), Japan
Unfallbericht:
The Skymaster was on a flight from Clark AB to Tachikawa AB in Japan with an enroute stop at Okinawa-Kadena AFB. During the last leg of the flight, the crew reported overhead the O-Shima radio range station and were cleared to descend to 5000 feet. In fact the plane was some 40 km south-west of O-Shima. The crew descended over mountainous terrain until the airplane flew into the side of Mount Hirugatake, a 1279m high mountain which is located near Mount Fuji.

Informationsquelle:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Okinawa-Kadena AFB to Tachikawa AB as the crow flies is 1508 km (942 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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