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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Thursday 26 January 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-118A (DC-6)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-17626
C/n / msn: 43670/258
First flight: 1952
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:Atlantic Ocean (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores (TER/LPLA), Portugal
Destination airport:Argentia NAS, NF (NWP), Canada
Narrative:
Crashed at sea.



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Distance from Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores to Argentia NAS, NF as the crow flies is 2352 km (1470 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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