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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 24 May 1961
Time:02:33
Type:Douglas C-124A-DL Globemaster II
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-0174
C/n / msn: 43508
First flight:
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:S of Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM), United States of America
Destination airport:Lawton Municipal Airport, OK (LAW/KLAW), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-124 transport plane was returning men who had participated in Exercise Lava Plains at Yakima, WA. It carried an additional truck, jeep and two trailers.
The airplane crashed shortly after takeoff.

Sources:
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde
» The Spokesman-Review - May 24, 1961


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Distance from Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA to Lawton Municipal Airport, OK as the crow flies is 2426 km (1516 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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