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Last updated: 23 August 2019
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Date:Sunday 17 October 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic C82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-82A Packet
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 45-57797
C/n / msn: 10167
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 34
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) NE of Clinton, LA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:El Paso-Biggs AAF, TX (BIF/KBIF), United States of America
Destination airport:Valparaiso-Eglin AFB, FL (VPS/KVPS), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-82A Packet transport plane was part of a seven plane convoy travelling from El Paso-Biggs AAF, TX (BIF) to Valparaiso-Eglin AFB, FL (VPS).
The pilot decided to carry out an emergency landing when one engine lost power. The pilot brought the aircraft down in a clearing avoiding scattered trees but ploughed through a farm fence. It slid to a stop right side up. There was no fire but a portion of the fuselage was caved in which caused the deaths of four occupants and severely injured a fifth.

Sources:
» Fairchild C-82 Packet website / Simon Beck
» The Evening Independent 18 October 1948, p16


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Distance from El Paso-Biggs AAF, TX to Valparaiso-Eglin AFB, FL as the crow flies is 1880 km (1175 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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