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Last updated: 21 October 2021
Date:Sunday 25 June 1950
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: 42-72648
MSN: 10753
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Seoul (K-14) Air Base (   South Korea)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Departure airport:-
Destination airport:-
Douglas C-54D, 42-72648, was damaged by Korean ground-loading crews on 24 June 1950 when a forklift damaged the elevator. Temporary repairs were made with bed sheets and dope and left to dry overnight. The next morning North Korean Yak-9s strafed the field and severely damaged the aircraft. The flight crew collapsed the nose gear and opened the fuel petcocks and set the aircraft on fire.

There are conflicting reports on the identities of USAF two C-54's lost in South Korea: 42-72648 and 45-518. On June 25, 1950 a C-54 burnt out at Seoul and on June 30, 1950 a C-54 impacted a mountain near Busan. A photo published in newspapers shows the burnt out remains of 42-72648 at an airport in South Korea. Hence it seems likely that 45-518 was the aircraft that crashed near Busan.

Damaged on the ground

» Evening Star, July 1, 1950
» Robert D. Fisher (E-mail, 3 May 2015)


photo of Douglas-C-54D-42-72648
accident date: 25-06-1950
type: Douglas C-54D (DC-4)
registration: 42-72648
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networks 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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