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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 15 May 1953
Time:ca 17:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-119C Flying Boxcar
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-8235
C/n / msn: 10783
First flight:
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Weinheim (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB (FRF/EDAF), Germany
Destination airport:Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB (FRF/EDAF), Germany
Narrative:
A formation of four C-119's was flying at an altitude of 5000 feet. A US Air Force Republic F-84 Thunderjet flew through the formation and collided with one of the Boxcars. It bounced off and hit another C-119. The F-84 pilot ejected and landed safely by parachute. Both C-119 planes (51-8235 and 51-8241) were lost with seven crew killed and three parachuted so safety. It has not been confirmed if these survivors came from 51-8235 or 51-8241.

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» Fairchild C-82 and C-119 / Alwyn T. Lloyd, Aerofax, 2005


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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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