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Date:Saturday 20 December 1952
Time:ca 06:30
Type:Douglas C-124A Globemaster II
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 50-0100
MSN: 43238
First flight:
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 82 / Occupants: 105
Total:Fatalities: 87 / Occupants: 115
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) from Moses Lake-Larson AFB, WA (LRN) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Moses Lake-Larson AFB, WA (LRN), United States of America
Destination airport:San Antonio-Kelly AFB, TX (SKF/KSKF), United States of America
The Douglas Globemaster was operating as part of Operation Sleighride, an airlift to bring home Korean War veterans and enlisted men from Northwest bases. On departure from Larson AFB (LRN), the left wing struck the ground. The plane cartwheeled, broke up and caught fire.
It was concluded that the elevator and rudder gust locks had not been disengaged before departure.

Locked rudders/ailerons/gustlock
Loss of control

» 83 Die in aviations worst crash (The Lima News, 21-12-1952)
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