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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 7 October 1952
Time:ca 02:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas EC-47D (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-48870
MSN: 26131/14686
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) N of Philadelpia-Northeast Airport, PA (PNE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Niagara Falls International Airport, NY (IAG/KIAG), United States of America
Destination airport:Long Island-Mitchel Air Force Base, NY, United States of America
An EC-47D aircraft was damaged beyond repair in an accident near Philadelpia-Northeast Airport, Pennsylvania. Three of the six occupants were killed.
The aircraft diverted from the destination, Mitchel Air Force Base on Long Island, to LaGuardia Airport, New York but could not land there due to fog. The flight continued to Philadelphia where it impacted swampy terrain.

» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» The Pittsburgh Press - Oct 7, 1952


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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 Niagara Falls International Airport, NY to Long Island-Mitchel Air Force Base, NY as the crow flies is 512 km (320 miles).

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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