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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 29 September 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53D Skytrooper (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-68788
MSN: 11715
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) S of Alliance AAB, NE (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Alliance AAF, NE (AIA/KAIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Scottsbluff County Airport, NE (BFF/KBFF), United States of America
Shortly after takeoff the left wingtip contacted the ground, followed by the right hand engine and wing. The C-53 then crashed and broke up.

» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles


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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 Alliance AAF, NE to Scottsbluff County Airport, NE as the crow flies is 68 km (42 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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