Accident Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter 49-2602, Monday 15 October 1951
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Date:Monday 15 October 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 49-2602
MSN: 16224
Fatalities:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing, written off
Location:North Atlantic -   Atlantic Ocean
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores (TER/LPLA)
Destination airport:Springfield-Westover AFB, MA (CEF/KCEF)
The Boeing C-97A fight originated in Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB (FRF), Germany and departed at 08:36 UTC, October 14, 1951. It flew directly to Lajes AFB (LFB), Azores where it landed at 16:03 UTC. After refueling, the Stratofreighter took off again at 18:51 UTC. Because of the loss of the Loran set, two radio compasses and radio altimeter, the crew decided to return to Lajes AFB where it landed again at 20:19 UTC. Because of the crew duty and rest scheduling, the plane stayed overnight and took off at 08:43 UTC, October 15. The airplane never arrived at its destination and was declared missing over the North Atlantic.


Dillard Ellington and Mike Ellington Jr.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Oct 17, 1951

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