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Last updated: 14 November 2018
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Date:Sunday 12 September 1954
Type:Douglas C-124C Globemaster II
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 52-1052
C/n / msn: 43961
First flight:
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1 km (0.6 mls) from Thule Air Base (THU) (   Greenland)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Thule Air Base (THU/BGTL), Greenland
Destination airport:Springfield-Westover AFB, MA (CEF/KCEF), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-124 Globemaster II departed Thule (THU), Greenland on a MATS flight back to Westover AFB (CEF). Twelve minutes after takeoff the pilot radioed an emergency and turned around. The airplane crashed just short of Thule.

Sources:
» Ellensburg Daily Record - Sep 13, 1954


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Distance from Thule Air Base to Springfield-Westover AFB, MA as the crow flies is 3792 km (2370 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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