ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss R5C-1 Commando (C-46A) 39535 Tsingtao Marine Corps Air Facility
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Date:Friday 30 April 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss R5C-1 Commando (C-46A)
Operator:United States Marine Corps
Registration: 39535
MSN: 26753
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) W off Tsingtao Marine Corps Air Facility (   China)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Ditched off Tsingtao (now better known as Qingdao) due to engine trouble after takeoff. All sixteen occupants were rescued from the floating plane by USN gunboats.
The airplane was attached to VMR-153 at the time.


» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
» Morning Tribune 4 May 1948, p15


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