ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3) 42-100717 Okinawa, Japan
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Date:Tuesday 28 August 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-100717
MSN: 19180
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:400 km (250 mls) off Okinawa, Japan (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Laoag Airport (LAO/RPLI), Philippines
Destination airport:Okinawa-Naha AFB (AHA), Japan
The C-47A transport plane was en route over sea together with another C-47 heading for Okinawa, Japan.
Some 250 miles from Okinawa both aircraft encountered a storm or squall line. The lead aircraft, 42-100717, went into the clouds and was never seen again. The second plane decided to go around the weather.

Probable Cause:

It is believed that the plane encountered violent turbulence that put it out of control and caused it to crash at sea.



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