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Accident description
Last updated: 24 May 2016
Date:Friday 6 February 1970
Time:ca 02:15
Type:Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 59-0530
C/n / msn: 45581
First flight:
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney T34-P-9W
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) NNE of Palisade, NE (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA (SUU/KSUU), United States of America
Destination airport:Harrisburg International Airport, PA (MDT/KMDT), United States of America
An existing 11" crack above the left side door propagated catastrophically, resulting in tearing of the upper forward fuselage skin for about 17". An explosive decompression caused large skin sections from the top and right side of the fuselage to be torn away. The airplane crashed in flames.

Fuselage failure
Loss of control



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Distance from Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA to Harrisburg International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 3828 km (2392 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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