Accident Douglas C-54D-10-DC (DC-4) 42-72704, Friday 21 April 1950
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Date:Friday 21 April 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-54D-10-DC (DC-4)
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 42-72704
MSN: 10809
Year of manufacture:1945
Fatalities:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:34 km SW of Tachikawa Air Base -   Japan
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Okinawa-Kadena AFB (DNA/RODN)
Destination airport:Tachikawa Air Base (RJTC)
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)
USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999


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