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Accident description
Last updated: 9 October 2015
Date:Monday 17 January 1955
Time:ca 05:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-121J Super Constellation
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 131639
C/n / msn: 4140
First flight: 1953
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:112 km (70 mls) SW off Stephenville, NF, Canada (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Stephenville-Ernest Harmon AFB, NF (YJT/CYJT), Canada
Destination airport:Patuxent River NAS, MD (NHK/KNHK), United States of America
Super Constellation 131639 departed Stephenville on a flight to Patuxent River NAS (NHK). While over Prince Edward Island the crew reported that two engines were out. A Boeing B-29 Superfortress escorted the plane back towards Stephenville, but lost visual contact with the plane.
It crashed into the sea.

» 13 Believed dead in plane crash: sight empty rafts (Holland Evening Sentinel, 1955-01-17)


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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 Stephenville-Ernest Harmon AFB, NF to Patuxent River NAS, MD as the crow flies is 1818 km (1136 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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