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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Date:Thursday 7 September 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-10-DC (DC-4)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-72211
MSN: 10316
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) S Presque Isle AAF, ME (PQI) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Presque Isle AAF, ME (PQI/KPQI), United States of America
Destination airport:Presque Isle AAF, ME (PQI/KPQI), United States of America
The C-54 departed on a local training out of Presque Isle AAF, Maine. Takeoff from runway 19 was normal and the airplane climbed to an altitude of 1000 feet. Then it made a 30-degree turn to the left after which altitude was lost. The airplane impacted terrain on the Walter Carmichael potato farm and burst into flames.
The elevator trim tabs may have been improperly rigged.

» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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