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Last updated: 19 January 2022
Fecha:viernes 21 abril 1950
Hora:ca 23:25
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-10-DC (DC-4)
Operador:United States Air Force - USAF
Registración: 42-72704
Numéro de série: 10809
Año de Construcción: 1945
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 8 / Ocupantes: 8
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 27 / Ocupantes: 27
Total:Fatalidades: 35 / Ocupantes: 35
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:34 km (21.3 milles) SW of Tachikawa Air Base (   Japón)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Okinawa-Kadena AFB (DNA/RODN), Japón
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Tachikawa Air Base (RJTC), Japón
The Skymaster was on a flight from Clark Air Base to Tachikawa Air Base in Japan with an enroute stop at Okinawa-Kadena AFB. During the last leg of the flight, the crew reported overhead the O-Shima radio range station and were cleared to descend to 5000 feet. In fact the plane was some 40 km south-west of O-Shima. The crew descended over mountainous terrain until the airplane flew into the side of Mount Hirugatake, a 1279 m high mountain which is located near Mount Fuji.

» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
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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 Okinawa-Kadena AFB to Tachikawa Air Base as the crow flies is 1508 km (942 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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