Accident Republic F-84E Thunderjet 49-2026, Saturday 7 January 1950
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Date:Saturday 7 January 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic f84 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Republic F-84E Thunderjet
Owner/operator:2750th ABW, USAF
Registration: 49-2026
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:35 miles W of Watson Lake, Yukon Territory -   Canada
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio (FFO/KFFO)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Little or no information is available
Republic EF-84E-1-RE Thunderjet, 49-2026, 2750th ABW, USAF: Written off (damaged beyond repair) January 7 1950 when force landed 35 miles West of Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada due to engine failure, attributed to engine seizure due to failure of lubrication system starving the engine of oil.

The pilot (John M. Fitzpatrick) ejected from the fighter and the airplane flew pilotless for more than ten miles making a gradual descent until sliding to a landing in light bush with minimal damage. The airplane is still where it landed but a helicopter pilot removed the engine and brought it to Watson Lake's old WWII hangar where it has sat for years and years.

The pilot escaped injuries and was spotted within 25 minutes after the crash by RCAF Flight Lieutenant Arthur Barnard Hammond and his crew, flying North Star 17511 on a routine flight from Edmonton to Whitehorse.

Watson Lake is a town in Yukon, Canada, located at mile 635 on the Alaska Highway close to the British Columbia border.


5. [photo of engine recovered from wreckage, dated October 16 2010]

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02-May-2021 10:49 ASN archive Added
28-May-2023 08:58 Ron Averes Updated

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