ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-118A (DC-6) 53-3277 Norwalk, CA
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Date:Saturday 1 February 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-118A (DC-6)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 53-3277
MSN: 44648/602
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Total:Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 41
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Norwalk, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Long Beach Municipal Airport, CA (LGB/KLGB), United States of America
Destination airport:Wrightstown-McGuire AFB, NJ (WRI/KWRI), United States of America
A USAF Douglas C-118A transport plane (53-3277, msn 44648/602) departed Long Beach Airport, California at 19:08 for a flight to McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. While climbing under VFR the aircraft collided with a US Navy Lockheed P2V-5F Neptune (127723). The Neptune had just departed from Los Alamitos for a training flight. The C-118 disintegrated and crashed through the roof of a service station. The Neptune crashed into an excavated clay pit on Norwalk Boulevard. Two occupants from the Neptune survived the accident.

Mid air collision
Loss of control

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Distance from Long Beach Municipal Airport, CA to Wrightstown-McGuire AFB, NJ as the crow flies is 3868 km (2418 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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