ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-124A Globemaster II 51-137 Tachikawa Air Base
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Date:Thursday 18 June 1953
Type:Douglas C-124A Globemaster II
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-137
MSN: 43471
First flight:
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 122 / Occupants: 122
Total:Fatalities: 129 / Occupants: 129
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5,6 km (3.5 mls) NE of Tachikawa Air Base (   Japan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Tachikawa Air Base (RJTC), Japan
Destination airport:Osan Air Base (OSN/RKSO), South Korea
Visibility was 2,5 miles as the Douglas Globemaster transporter took off from Tachikawa AB, Japan, bound for Korea. Shortly after takeoff an engine failed. The pilot radioed "One engine out, returning to field for GCA landing". While on approach back to the air base, an improper use of flaps caused a loss of airspeed. Control was lost and the airplane crashed into a watermelon patch, broke up and caught fire.


Loss of control

» Worst Crash (Time, 29-6-1953)
» AIR FORCE Magazine / July 2013


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Distance from Tachikawa Air Base to Osan Air Base as the crow flies is 1110 km (694 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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