Accident description
Last updated: 29 July 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 5 March 1960
Time:18:30
Type:Kaiser-Frazer C-119G Flying Boxcar
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 53-8152
C/n / msn: 255
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2,2 km (1.4 mls) SE off Botricello (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Greece
Destination airport:Napoli-Capodichino Airport (NAP/LIRN), Italy
Narrative:
The C-119 made a forced landing on the beach near Botricello after a runaway propeller. The slope of the beach caused it to veer into the water where the tide destroyed it overnight. The crew was able to escape over the top of the airplane and swim the few yards to shore.

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» Chuck Lunsford (e-mail 2-3-2008)
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde
» Photographs and USAF accident report; Oral statement and written statement by the copilot.


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Distance from Athens-Ellinikon International Airport to Napoli-Capodichino Airport as the crow flies is 870 km (544 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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