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Accident description
Last updated: 4 October 2015
Date:Thursday 9 October 1958
Type:Fairchild C-123B-12-FA Provider
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 55-4521
C/n / msn: 20182
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Payette, ID (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM), United States of America
Crashed while on a support flight for the 'Thunderbirds' display team. It is believed that the airplane struck a formation of geese.

Bird strike
Loss of control

» 19 killed (Holland Evening Sentinel, 1958-10-10)
» Flight of geese blamed for plane crash


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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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