ASN Aircraft accident Douglas R6D-1 (DC-6) 131615 Great Sitkin Island, AK
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Date:Tuesday 11 December 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R6D-1 (DC-6)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 131615
MSN: 43718/371
First flight: 1953
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Great Sitkin Island, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK (EDF/PAED), United States of America
Destination airport:Adak Naval Air Facility, AK (ADK/PADK), United States of America
The Navy R6D departed Whidbey Island-NAS, WA (NUW) on a flight to Adak Island NAS (ADK) with an refueling stop at Elmendorf (EDF). The airplane was to fly home Navy personnel from Adak for Christmas. During descent, some 40 miles northeast of Adak, the airplane crashed at the 4700 foot level on Great Sitkin Island.


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Distance from Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK to Adak Naval Air Facility, AK as the crow flies is 1911 km (1194 miles).

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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