ASN Aircraft accident Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter 49-2602 North Atlantic
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Date:Monday 15 October 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 49-2602
MSN: 16224
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:North Atlantic (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores (TER/LPLA), Portugal
Destination airport:Springfield-Westover AFB, MA (CEF/KCEF), United States of America
The Boeing C-97A fight originated in Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB (FRF), Germany and departed at 08:36 UTC, October 14, 1951. It flew directly to Lajes AFB (LFB), Azores where it landed at 16:03 UTC. After refueling, the Stratofreighter took off again at 18:51 UTC. Because of the loss of the Loran set, two radio compasses and radio altimeter, the crew decided to return to Lajes AFB where it landed again at 20:19 UTC. Because of the crew duty and rest scheduling, the plane stayed overnight and took off at 08:43 UTC, October 15. The airplane never arrived at its destination and was declared missing over the North Atlantic.


» Dillard Ellington and Mike Ellington Jr.
» Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Oct 17, 1951


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Distance from Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores to Springfield-Westover AFB, MA as the crow flies is 3791 km (2369 miles).

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