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Datum:Freitag 22 Februar 1957
Flugzeugtyp:Douglas C-124A Globemaster II
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 51-0141
Werknummer: 43475
Baujahr:
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 10
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 20 / Insassen: 149
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 21 / Insassen: 159
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Seoul-Gimpo (Kimpo) International Airport (SEL) (   Südkorea)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Seoul-Gimpo (Kimpo) International Airport (SEL/RKSS), Südkorea
Flug nach:Tachikawa Air Base (RJTC), Japan
Flugnummer: 504
Unfallbericht:
The Douglas Globemaster operated on a Military Air Transport Service (MATS) flight from Korea to Japan. Flight MATS 504, departed Seoul-Kimpo (SEL) approx 18:00. Takeoff was made on runway 32. The aircraft lost a blade off engine no. 3 just after wheels were started up. The blade penetrated the fuselage, cutting both aileron and rudder cables and killing four passengers. Before engine no. 3 could be feathered another blade separated from engine no. 3, knocking out engine no. 4. With full power on engine no. 1 and engine no. 2 the aircraft wanted to roll over to starboard. Aircraft Cmdr Cartwright reduced power on both running engines to prevent a wing-over. With no directional control at 100 feet AGL and the DMZ just two miles ahead, a mud bar in the Han River was the only option to save crew and passengers, for if they had crossed the DMZ, North Korea would have shot down aircraft.
The top passenger deck collapsed on impact, crushing some passengers and injuring others. Incoming tide from the Han River Estuary reduced the mud bar. Survivors had to cling to ice flows in the river. The US Army 1st Helicopter Amb Company evacuated 128 survivors to 121st Army Evacuation Hospital or to a levee on the west side of Han River.

Informationsquelle:
» E-mail Bob McCreary, 22-7-2009


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Distance from Seoul-Gimpo (Kimpo) International Airport to Tachikawa Air Base as the crow flies is 1135 km (710 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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