ASN Aircraft accident Douglas R5D-3 (DC-4) 56541 Okinawa, Japan
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Date:Thursday 22 September 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 Marine Corps
Registration: 56541
MSN: 22191
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:290 km (181.3 mls) SE off Okinawa, Japan (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Atsugi NAS (NJA/RJTA), Japan
Destination airport:Luzon Island-Cubi Point NAS (NCP/RPMB), Philippines
The R5D-3 transport plane went down after transmitting a message that the No. 3 engine was on fire and they were diverting to Okinawa. The fire in the No. 3 engine was extinguished but a residual fire continued in a tire until it ignited the fuel tank resulting in an explosion.

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Distance from Atsugi NAS to Luzon Island-Cubi Point NAS as the crow flies is 2968 km (1855 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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