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Accident description
Last updated: 24 January 2017
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Date:Wednesday 10 August 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 53-7841
C/n / msn: 11258
First flight:
Engines: 2 Wright R-3350
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 41
Total:Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Edelweiler (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport (STR/EDDS), Germany
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
A flight of nine USAF planes departed Echterdingen on a training mission with troops. Initial reports said that one C-119 developed engine trouble at an altitude of 4,000 feet. The plane lost altitude momentarily, then pulled up abruptly, striking another C-119 aircraft in the formation. Both Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcars (53-3222 and 53-7841) crashed.

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

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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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