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Last updated: 29 November 2020
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Date:Monday 1 February 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-78027
C/n / msn: 33423
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:S off Hokkaido (   Japan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tachikawa Air Base (RJTC), Japan
Destination airport:Sapporo-Chitose Airport (CTS/RJCC), Japan
Narrative:
The airplane reportedly suffered an in-flight fire. The pilot attempted a ditched in the Tsugaru Straits between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, but the airplane crashed.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Dover Daily Reporter February 01,1954


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Distance from Tachikawa Air Base to Sapporo-Chitose Airport as the crow flies is 806 km (504 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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