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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Monday 1 February 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-78027
C/n / msn: 33423
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:S off Hokkaido (   Japan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Sapporo-Chitose Airport (CTS/RJCC), Japan
Narrative:
The airplane reportedly suffered an in-flight fire. The pilot attempted a ditched in the Tsugaru Straits between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, but the airplane crashed.

Classification:
Loss of control

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