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Last updated: 23 April 2021
Date:Friday 23 March 1951
Type:Douglas C-124A Globemaster II
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 49-244
Msn: 43173
First flight:
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Total:Fatalities: 53 / Occupants: 53
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:725 km (453.1 mls) W off Shannon, Ireland (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Limestone-Loring AFB, ME (LIZ), United States of America
Destination airport:Lakenheath RAF Station (LKZ/EGUL), United Kingdom
The Globemaster transport plane had left Limestone AFB for a transatlantic flight to Lakenheath, UK. The last message received by Shannon Aeradio was a revised Estimated Time of Arrival for the destination, which was passed at 01:06. A rescue operation was started when the crew did not make their next routine position report. Only a few small pieces of wreckage were found 450 miles off the west coast of Ireland.

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Distance from Limestone-Loring AFB, ME to Lakenheath RAF Station as the crow flies is 4741 km (2963 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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