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Accident description
Last updated: 7 October 2015
Date:Wednesday 10 October 1956
Time:ca 22:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R6D-1 (DC-6)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 131588
C/n / msn: 43691/321
First flight: 1953
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Total:Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 59
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:590 km (368.8 mls) WSW off Land's End, UK (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Lakenheath RAF Station (LKZ/EGUL), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores (TER/LPLA), Portugal
Crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Wheels and a raft were found about 370 miles west-southwest of Land's End, England.



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Distance from Lakenheath RAF Station to Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores as the crow flies is 2588 km (1617 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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