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Accident description
Last updated: 2 December 2015
Date:Tuesday 26 September 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 Air Force - USAF
Registration: 42-72457
C/n / msn: 10562
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 43
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 51
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) off Ashiya Air Base (   Japan)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Ashiya Airport (RJFA), Japan
Destination airport:Seoul-Gimpo (Kimpo) International Airport (SEL/RKSS), South Korea
The C-54 plane was part of the Allied airlift which is carrying troops and supplies to Korea. It crashed into the sea immediately after takeoff from Ashiya.

» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
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» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher


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Distance from Ashiya Airport to Seoul-Gimpo (Kimpo) International Airport as the crow flies is 534 km (333 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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