Accident description
Last updated: 19 December 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 1 February 1958
Time:19:13
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-118A
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 53-3277
C/n / 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
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Norwalk, CA (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Long Beach Municipal Airport, CA (LGB/KLGB), United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Dix-McGuire AFB, NJ (WRI), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-118A departed Long Beach at 19:08 for a flight to McGuire AFB. While climbing under VFR the aircraft collided with a US Navy Lockheed P2V-5F Neptune patrol bomber (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.

Sources:
» Notable California Aviation Disasters


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Distance from Long Beach Municipal Airport, CA to Fort Dix-McGuire AFB, NJ as the crow flies is 3868 km (2418 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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