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Accident description
Last updated: 11 December 2017
Status:
Date:Saturday 18 January 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R5D Skymaster (DC-4)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 31
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) from Okinawa-Kadena AFB (DNA) (   Japan)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Okinawa-Kadena AFB (DNA/RODN), Japan
Destination airport:Wake Island Airfield (AWK/PWAK), U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
Narrative:
On departure from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, the U.S. Navy R5D experienced a failed engine immediately after takeoff. The plane struck a hillside, a mile from the runway. All 31 on board survived. Two suffered burn injuries.

Sources:
» Charleston Evening Post, Saturday 18 January 1958, page 2-A.
» Desert Sun 18 January 1958, p1


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Distance from Okinawa-Kadena AFB to Wake Island Airfield as the crow flies is 4020 km (2513 miles).

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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