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Last updated: 21 October 2018
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Date:Friday 15 May 1953
Time:16:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-119C Flying Boxcar
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-8241
C/n / msn: 10789
First flight:
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Hemsbach (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB (FRF/EDAF), Germany
Destination airport:Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB (FRF/EDAF), Germany
Narrative:
A formation of four C-119's was flying at an altitude of 5000 feet to the south of Frankfurt, Germany. At the same time a US Air Force Republic F-84E Thunderjet (51-628) did a sharp left turn in front of the lead ship, took off the right wing of the lead ship and then crashed directly into the aircraft flying the right wing of the lead aircraft.
The F-84 pilot ejected and landed safely by parachute. Both C-119 planes (51-8235 and 51-8241) were lost with eight crew killed and two parachuted so safety. It has not been confirmed if these survivors came from 51-8235 or 51-8241.

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» Edwin Lee (E-mail, 7 July 2018)
» Fairchild C-82 and C-119 / Alwyn T. Lloyd, Aerofax, 2005
» Hemsbacher Stadt-Anzeiger Mai 1995


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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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