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Last updated: 24 July 2021
Date:Sunday 9 August 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-119C-22-FA Flying Boxcar
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-2542
MSN: 10500
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:48 km (30 mls) S of Gharyan (   Libya)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Udine Airfield (UDN/LIPD), Italy
Destination airport:Tripoli-Wheelus Air Base (MJI/HLLM), Libya
Crashed in desert out of gas. Occupants bailed out.

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Distance from Udine Airfield to Tripoli-Wheelus Air Base as the crow flies is 1451 km (907 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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