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Last updated: 18 September 2020
Date:Wednesday 4 March 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
Operator:Indian Air Force - IAF
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Barrackpore Air Force Station (   India)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Barrackpore Air Force Station (VEBR), India
Destination airport:Bagdogra Airport (IXB/VEBD), India
Caught fire just after takeoff and crashed into Hooghly River.

» Passauer Neue Presse 5 March 1964, p2
» Indian Express 5 March 1964


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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 Barrackpore Air Force Station to Bagdogra Airport as the crow flies is 431 km (269 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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