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Last updated: 15 October 2019
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Date:Monday 18 October 1948
Time:05:39
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-10-DC (DC-4)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 42-72688
C/n / msn: 10793
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 20 km N of Frankfurt (   Germany)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Berlin-Tempelhof Airport (THF/EDDI), Germany
Destination airport:Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB (FRF/EDAF), Germany
Narrative:
Ripped through tree tops in the Taunus mountains three minutes from this destination and crashed. The Skymaster was part of Berlin Airlift and was returning empty from Berlin.

Sources:
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
» The Unheralded Men and Women of the Berlin Blockade and Airlift / Edwin Gere
» Die Rosinenbomber, Die Berliner Luftbrücke 1948/49 / Huschke, Wolfgang J.


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Distance from Berlin-Tempelhof Airport to Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB as the crow flies is 428 km (268 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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