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Last updated: 23 January 2021
Date:Friday 6 July 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-97E Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-0220
C/n / msn: 16287
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:72 km (45 mls) NE of Goose Bay, NL (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Lake Charles Municipal Airport, LA (LCH/KLCH), United States of America
Destination airport:Goose Bay Airport, NL (YYR/CYYR), Canada
Crashed in a wooded area after reporting one engine on fire.

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Distance from Lake Charles Municipal Airport, LA to Goose Bay Airport, NL as the crow flies is 3667 km (2292 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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