Flugunfall 22 NOV 1952 einer Douglas C-124A Globemaster II 51-107 - Anchorage, AK
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:Samstag 22 November 1952
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic c124 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-124A Globemaster II
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 51-107
Werknummer: 43441
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 11 / Insassen: 11
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 41 / Insassen: 41
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 52 / Insassen: 52
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Anchorage, AK (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM), USA
Flug nach:Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK (EDF/PAED), USA
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.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: A navigational error attributed to the pilot
Contributing cause: The winds were incorrectly forecast
Probable contributing cause: Precipitation static which made radio reception impossible

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Acciden report
Download report: Final report

» 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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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 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.

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