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Accident description
Last updated: 1 December 2015
Date:Friday 17 July 1953
Type:Fairchild R4Q-2 Packet (C-119F)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 131663
C/n / msn: 10830
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 40
Total:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 46
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Milton-Whiting Field NAS, FL (NSE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Milton-Whiting Field NAS, FL (NSE), United States of America
Destination airport:Norfolk NAS Chambers, VA (NGU/KNGU), United States of America
Crashed into a wooded area after takeoff.
The Packet was part of a large airlift carrying Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) students from summer training in Corpus Christi, TX., back to Norfolk. The airplane had stopped at Whiting Field to refuel.



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Distance from Milton-Whiting Field NAS, FL to Norfolk NAS Chambers, VA as the crow flies is 1199 km (750 miles).

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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