Accident description
Last updated: 30 August 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 8 March 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R5D-3 (DC-4)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 56521
C/n / msn: 10835
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 12 km from Jérez del Marquesad (   Spain)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Napoli Airport (NAP/LIRN), Italy
Destination airport:Rota (Base Aero-Navel) (LERT), Spain
Narrative:
A US Navy Douglas R5D-3 (DC-4) sustained substantial damage in a belly landing in the Spanish Sierra Nevada mountain range. None of the 24 on board were killed.

Sources:
» La gesta de un pueblo que salvó la vida de 24 marines (Granada Hoy, 1/9/2010)
» US Navy and US Marine Corps BuNos Third Series (50360 to 60009)
» Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Mar 9, 1960


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Distance from Napoli Airport to Rota (Base Aero-Navel) as the crow flies is 1833 km (1146 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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