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Last updated: 1 August 2021
Date:Tuesday 17 November 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Kaiser-Frazer C-119F Flying Boxcar
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-8163
MSN: 166
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:25 km (15.6 mls) W of Fort Bragg, NC (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
The C-119F Flying Boxcar collided with another C-119F (51-8122) while flying in a twelve-ship formation over Holland Drop Zone near Fort Bragg. The collision reportedly occurred following an engine failure. The airplane descended over the drop zone and struck several paratroopers, killing ten. The second C-119F made a safe emergency landing.

» The Milwaukee Sentinel - Nov 17, 1953


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