Accident description
Last updated: 17 April 2014
Date:Friday 22 March 1957
Type:Boeing C-97C-35-BO Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 50-0702
C/n / msn: 16246
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 57
Total:Fatalities: 67 / Occupants: 67
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:320 km (200 mls) SE off Tokyo, Japan (   Pacific Ocean) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Wake Island Airport (AWK/PAWK), U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
Destination airport:Tokyo-Yokota AFB (OKO/RJTY), Japan
Missing over Pacific.




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Distance from Wake Island Airport to Tokyo-Yokota AFB as the crow flies is 3218 km (2011 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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