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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 11 January 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas LC-47J
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 50778
C/n / msn: 26383/14938
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Shackleton Glacier (   Antarctica)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Shackleton Glacier, Antarctica
Narrative:
The ski-equipped LC-47J on its rollout on the skiway, when one of its skis struck a large bit unobserved sastrugi, struck its propeller, tearing off the port engine and twisting its fuselage.

Sources:
» A history of the famous vx-6 squadron's aviators. The men who flew the frozen continent and the polar ice cap 1955-1999 / By Noel Gillespie
» Chicago Tribune January 15, 1965


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