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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Saturday 22 November 1952
Type:Douglas C-124A-DL Globemaster II
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-0107
C/n / msn: 43441
First flight:
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 41
Total:Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Anchorage, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM), United States of America
Destination airport:Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK (EDF/PAED), United States of America
Narrative:
Crashed into Surprise Glacier, near Mount Gannett. The wreckage was found on November 28. Adverse weather conditions precluded recovery attempts.
On June 9, 2012, an Alaska National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crew rediscovered aircraft wreckage and debris while conducting a training mission. On June 18, 2014, the remains of 17 service members were recovered.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Missing plane is located (The Statesville Daily Record Saturday, November 29, 1952)
» DOD recovers remains of 17 from 1952 aircraft crash in Alaska (DOD, 19-6-2014)


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Distance from Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA to Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK as the crow flies is 2323 km (1452 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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