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Last updated: 20 January 2021
Datum:Sonntag 30 Dezember 1956
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-121C Super Constellation
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 54-0165
Werknummer: 4184
Baujahr: 1955
Besatzung:Todesopfer: / Insassen:
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: / Insassen:
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 12 / Insassen: 38
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:1 km (0.6 Meilen) von Dhahran International Airport (DHA) (   Saudi Arabien)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Tripoli International Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libyen
Flug nach:Dhahran International Airport (DHA/OEDR), Saudi Arabien
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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