Accident Douglas C-124A Globemaster II 51-137,
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Date:Thursday 18 June 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic c124 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-124A Globemaster II
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-137
MSN: 43471
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Fatalities:Fatalities: 129 / Occupants: 129
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:5,6 km NE of Tachikawa Air Base -   Japan
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Tachikawa Air Base (RJTC)
Destination airport:Osan Air Base (OSN/RKSO)
Visibility was 2,5 miles as the Douglas Globemaster transporter took off from Tachikawa AB, Japan, bound for Korea. Shortly after takeoff an engine failed. The pilot radioed "One engine out, returning to field for GCA landing". While on approach back to the air base, an improper use of flaps caused a loss of airspeed. Control was lost and the airplane crashed into a watermelon patch, broke up and caught fire.


Worst Crash (Time, 29-6-1953)
AIR FORCE Magazine / July 2013


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