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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 29 December 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Kaiser-Fraser C-119G Flying Boxcar
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 53-8102
C/n / msn: 205
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:29 km (18.1 mls) SE of Huntsville, AL (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Smyrna-Sewart AFB, TN (MQY/KMQY), United States of America
Destination airport:Mobile-Brookley AFB, AL (BFM/KBFM), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-119 transport plane crashed on Shin Hook Ridge, killing nine occupants. The two surivors were thrown clear when the rear clamshell doors opened during the accident sequence.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Rome News-Tribune - Dec 30, 1954


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Distance from Smyrna-Sewart AFB, TN to Mobile-Brookley AFB, AL as the crow flies is 611 km (382 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.
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