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Datum:Freitag 23 März 1951
Flugzeugtyp:Douglas C-124A Globemaster II
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 49-244
Werknummer: 43173
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 9 / Insassen: 9
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 44 / Insassen: 44
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 53 / Insassen: 53
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:725 km (453.1 Meilen) W vom Land entfernt von Shannon, Ireland (   Atlantischer Ozean)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Limestone-Loring AFB, ME (LIZ), USA
Flug nach:Lakenheath RAF Station (LKZ/EGUL), Großbritannien
The Globemaster transport plane had left Limestone AFB for a transatlantic flight to Lakenheath, UK. The last message received by Shannon Aeradio was a revised Estimated Time of Arrival for the destination, which was passed at 01:06. A rescue operation was started when the crew did not make their next routine position report. Only a few small pieces of wreckage were found 450 miles off the west coast of Ireland.

» Irish Aviation website


photo of Douglas-C-124A-Globemaster-II-49-244
accident date: 23-03-1951
type: Douglas C-124A Globemaster II
registration: 49-244

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Limestone-Loring AFB, ME to Lakenheath RAF Station as the crow flies is 4741 km (2963 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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