Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 20 December 1952
Time:ca 18:30
Type:Douglas C-124A-DL Globemaster II
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 50-0100
C/n / msn: 43238
First flight:
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 82 / Occupants: 105
Total:Fatalities: 87 / Occupants: 115
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) from Moses Lake-Larson AFB, WA (LRN) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Moses Lake-Larson AFB, WA (LRN), United States of America
Destination airport:San Antonio-Kelly AFB, TX (SKF/KSKF), United States of America
Narrative:
The Douglas Globemaster was operating as part of Operation Sleighride, an airlift to bring home Korean War veterans and enlisted men from Northwest bases. On departure from Larson AFB (LRN), the left wing struck the ground. The plane cartwheeled, broke up and caught fire.
It was concluded that the elevator and rudder gust locks had not been disengaged before departure.


Classification:
Locked rudders/ailerons/gustlock
Loss of control

Sources:
» 83 Die in aviations worst crash (The Lima News, 21-12-1952)
» E Between Nine & Ten (Time, 29-12-1952)
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999


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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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