Accident Douglas C-124A Globemaster II 51-107, Saturday 22 November 1952
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Date:Saturday 22 November 1952
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
Location:near Anchorage, AK -   United States of America
Phase: En route
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
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:
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Report number: Acciden report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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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