Accident Douglas R5D (DC-4) , Monday 20 January 1947
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Date:Monday 20 January 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas R5D (DC-4)
Owner/operator:United States Navy
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 21
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Oakland NAS, CA (OAK) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Mountain View-Moffett Field, CA (NUQ/KNUQ)
Destination airport:Oakland NAS, CA (OAK/KOAK)
The Navy transport plane struck an embankment and crashed while on a radar guided approach to Oakland Airport, California.
The undercarriage was sheared off by the impact and the airplane disintegrated as it slid about 1000 feet before coming to rest. A post impacted fire erupted, but 20 of the 21 occupants got out safely.
This accident, which happed in fog, was the first after 76,000 safe landings using Ground Controlled Approach guidance.

The aircraft came from Moffett Field, CA, to pick up 12 additional passengers for a flight to San Diego, CA.


The Milwaukee Sentinel - Jan 21, 1947


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