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Last updated: 12 May 2021
Fecha:miércoles 18 octubre 1944
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-15-DC (DC-4)
Operador:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registración: 42-72249
Numéro de série: 10354
Año de Construcción: 1944
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 7
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 2
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 9
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Langstone Downs, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall (   Reino Unido)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Terceira-Lajes AFB, Azores (TER/LPLA), Portugal
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Newquay-St Mawgan RAF Station (NQY/EGDG), Reino Unido
The C-54A transport plane was not able to land at the destination of RAF St. Mawgan due to poor weather and an inoperative radio compass.
The pilot decided to divert to RAF Exeter. Then the navigator and checkpilot realised they had used the wrong barometric pressure setting for the altimeter, causing the airplane to be too low. The airplane then impacted a hillside and caught fire.

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Terceira-Lajes AFB, Azores to Newquay-St Mawgan RAF Station as the crow flies is 2150 km (1344 miles).

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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