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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 2 February 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas LC-47J
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 50832
C/n / msn: 26383/14938
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Ross Ice Shelf (   Antarctica)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:McMurdo Station-Williams Field (NZWD), Antarctica
Destination airport:Byrd Station, Antarctica
Narrative:
The ski-equipped Douglas LC-47J 50832 flew out of McMurdo on a routine mission to Byrd Station to pick up a scientific party. The airplane was accompanied by a LC-117 (99853). The LC-117 landed safety in extremely limited visibility. On finals 50832 stalled while about 200 feet above the ice surface. The right wing dropped, and the aircraft hit the ice while almost inverted breaking the fuselage in two places. A fire erupted, consequently igniting the eighteen JATO canisters aboard.

Classification:
Loss of control

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


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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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