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Last updated: 29 May 2020
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Date:Tuesday 4 February 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-5S (DC-3)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 17131
C/n / msn: 12275
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:off Assateague Island, ME (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Portsmouth AFB, NH (PSM/KPSM), United States of America
Destination airport:Norfolk NAS Chambers, VA (NGU/KNGU), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft disappeared in a storm at night; four crew and six passengers on board.

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» The Free Lance-Star 7 February 1947, p1
» Biddeford Daily Journal February 5,1947


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Distance from Portsmouth AFB, NH to Norfolk NAS Chambers, VA as the crow flies is 820 km (513 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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