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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Tuesday 23 August 1955
Time:02:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Kaiser-Frazer C-119F Flying Boxcar
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-8165
C/n / msn: 168
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 11
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2,7 km (1.7 mls) SE of Charleston AFB, SC (CHS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Charleston AFB, SC (CHS/KCHS), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The C-119F Flying Boxcar transport plane impacted a tree and crashed in a residential area near Charleston AFB, SC, shortly after takeoff for a night flight. A fire erupted, destroying several homes.
Reportedly one engine was on fire when the airplane came down.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» The Miami News - Aug 23, 1955
» The Times-News - Aug 24, 1955


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