Accident Douglas C-124A Globemaster II 51-107, Saturday 22 November 1952
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Date:Saturday 22 November 1952
Time:20:17
Type:Silhouette image of generic c124 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-124A Globemaster II
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-107
MSN: 43441
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Fatalities:Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:near Anchorage, AK -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM)
Destination airport:Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK (EDF/PAED)
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
Crashed into Surprise Glacier, near Mount Gannett. The wreckage was found on November 28. Adverse weather conditions precluded recovery attempts.
On June 9, 2012, an Alaska National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crew rediscovered aircraft wreckage and debris while conducting a training mission. On June 18, 2014, the remains of 17 service members were recovered.

Probable cause: A navigational error attributed to the pilot
Contributing cause: The winds were incorrectly forecast
Probable contributing cause: Precipitation static which made radio reception impossible

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Report number: Acciden report
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report

Sources:

Missing plane is located (The Statesville Daily Record Saturday, November 29, 1952)
DOD recovers remains of 17 from 1952 aircraft crash in Alaska (DOD, 19-6-2014)

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