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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Sunday 20 December 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3S model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-8 (Super DC-3)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 17179
MSN: 43346
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Agrihan Island (   Northern Mariana Islands)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Crashed into volcano crater on Agrihan Island, Marianas. The airplane was engaged in a search mission to find a US Navy Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer (59716) weather reconnaissance plane that went missing while tracing typhoon Doris with nine on board.
The R4D-8's wreckage was located on December 26.

» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
» The Miami News - Dec 21, 1953
» Lewiston Morning Tribune - Dec 27, 1953


photo of Douglas-R4D-8-17179
accident date: 20-12-1953
type: Douglas R4D-8 (Super DC-3)
registration: 17179
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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