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Last updated: 17 October 2019
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Date:Tuesday 19 December 1961
Type:Douglas C-124A Globemaster II
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 49-0239
C/n / msn: 43168
First flight:
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Belton, MO (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Richards-Gebaur AFB, MO, United States of America
Destination airport:Charleston International Airport, SC (CHS/KCHS), United States of America
Narrative:
The USAF Globemaster transport plane departed Richards-Gebaur AFB to deliver an engine to Charleston. Three minutes after the plane took off the pilot declared an emergency, stating that one of his four engines had failed. The airplane apparently lost control as the pilot attempted to return to the airport. It hit the ground nose first and plowed into the mud.

Sources:
» Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise - December 20, 1961.
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde


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