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Last updated: 28 July 2021
Date:Sunday 30 December 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-121C Super Constellation
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 54-0165
MSN: 4184
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 38
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1 km (0.6 mls) from Dhahran International Airport (DHA) (   Saudi Arabia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Tripoli International Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libya
Destination airport:Dhahran International Airport (DHA/OEDR), Saudi Arabia
The C-121C Super Constellation took off from Charleston AFB, SC (CHS) on a Military Air Transportation System (MATS) flight to the U.S. base at Dhahran International Airport (DHA), Saudi Arabia. The flight landed at Fort Dix-McGuire AFB, NJ (WRI) for an overnight stop. It then continued to Lajes AFB, Azores and Tripoli. Three Super Constellation planes departed Tripoli for Dhahran. Visibility at Dhahran was poor due to fog. The airplane started the approach but crashed about 1 km short of the runway. The remaining two C-121 planes continued to Bahrain.
Reports indicate that the Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) was inoperative at the time of the accident.

» St. Petersburg Times - Jan 1, 1957
» The Victoria Advocate - Jan 1, 1957


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Tripoli International Airport to Dhahran International Airport as the crow flies is 3609 km (2256 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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