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Last updated: 17 September 2021
Date:Thursday 16 October 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-77538
MSN: 32934
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Kangnung Air Base (   South Korea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Kangnung Air Base (KAG/RKNN), South Korea
Destination airport:Pohang Air Base (KPO/RKTH), South Korea
Crashed into sea after takeoff.

» C-46 missing over Korea (Lima News, 1952-10-16)
» Korean War Aircraft Loss Database (KORWALD)


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Distance from Kangnung Air Base to Pohang Air Base as the crow flies is 200 km (125 miles).

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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