Descripción:A C-119 transport plane took off from Lawson Air Force Base (LSF) on what was to be a six hour training flight. Aboard were an Air Force lieutenant in command as pilot, and a crew consisting of a co-pilot and two flight engineers. The pilot and crew had been instructed as to the specific training exercises which were to be performed: short field landings and take-offs at Lawson, instrument approaches eighty-two miles away at Maxwell Air Force Base, near Montgomery, Alabama, and visual approaches at Columbus, Georgia. The entire flight was to be confined to the "local flying area," an area precisely delimited by Air Force regulations, with an average radius from Lawson Air Force Base of about ninety miles.
|Fecha:||26 FEB 1954|
|Tipo:||Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar|
|Operador:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|Registración:|| registration unknown|
|Numéro de série:|| |
|Año de Construcción:|| |
|Tripulación:||Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4|
|Pasajeros:||Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0|
|Total:||Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4 |
|Daños en la Aeronave:|| Anulado|
|Consecuencias:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Ubicación:||Huntingdon, TN (Estados Unidos de América)
|Fase:|| Maniobras (MNV)|
|Aeropuerto de Salida:||Fort Benning-Lawson AFB, GA (LSF/KLSF), Estados Unidos de América|
|Aeropuerto de Llegada:||Fort Benning-Lawson AFB, GA (LSF/KLSF), Estados Unidos de América|
After only one practice landing at Lawson, however, the plane left the "local flying area" and flew more than three hundred miles to Huntingdon, Tennessee, the pilot's home town. Since World War II it has been a tradition for pilots from Huntingdon to buzz the courthouse when they were in the area.
Upon arriving over Huntingdon the plane made two passes over the courthouse at a very low altitude and at an accelerated speed. On the second pass the plane clipped the top of a house, disintegrated and crashed, and all aboard were killed. Burning gasoline from the plane injured two men who were working in a nearby field.
» Ellensburg Daily Record - Feb 27, 1954
» 236 F.2d 649; UNITED STATES of America, Appellant, v. TAYLOR, DEMOSS, Appellees
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Fort Benning-Lawson AFB, GA to Fort Benning-Lawson AFB, GA as the crow flies is NAN km (NAN miles).
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.