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Last updated: 9 December 2021
Date:Sunday 5 December 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-10-DC (DC-4)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 42-72686
MSN: 10791
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 37
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1930 km (1206.3 mls) SW off Hawaii (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Okinawa-Naha AFB (AHA), Japan
Destination airport:Spokane-Fairchild AFB, WA (SKA/KSKA), United States of America
The C-54 was one of a flight of five ferrying air force personnel from Okinawa back to Spokane. The airplane ditched in the Pacific Ocean. The survivors were rescued after 40 hours.

» Spokane Daily Chronicle - Dec 7, 1948


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