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Accident description
Last updated: 29 September 2016
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Date:Saturday 5 June 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-2680
C/n / msn: 10669
First flight:
Engines: 2 Wright R-3350
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Crooked Island, Bahamas (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Homestead AFB, FL (HST/KHST), United States of America
Destination airport:Grand Turk Island Airport (GDT/MBJT), Turks and Caicos Islands
Narrative:
Flying Boxcar arrived at Homestead AFB at 17:04 and was prepared for a flight to Grand Turk. It then took off at 19:47 with 4 additional mechanics who were to fix the engine of a C-119 stranded on Grand Turk. The airplane never arrived at the destination and was declared missing.
The last radio call came from just north of Crooked Island and 177 miles from Grand Turk Island.
The coast guard conducted an extensive five-day search, covering about 77,000 square miles per day. Nothing was found. On July 18, 1965 debris from the missing plane was found on beach of Gold Rock Cay just off the the Northeast shore of Acklins Island.


Classification:
Missing

Sources:
» Bermuda Triangle Mystery web site
» The Milwaukee Journal August 11, 1965
» Sarasota Journal - Aug 18, 1965


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Distance from Homestead AFB, FL to Grand Turk Island Airport as the crow flies is 1038 km (648 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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