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Date:Friday 22 March 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing C-97C Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 50-702
MSN: 16246
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 57
Total:Fatalities: 67 / Occupants: 67
Aircraft damage: Missing
Location:320 km (200 mls) SE off Tokyo, Japan (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Wake Island Airport (AWK/PAWK), U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
Destination airport:Tokyo-Yokota AFB (OKO/RJTY), Japan
Missing over Pacific.



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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 Wake Island Airport to Tokyo-Yokota AFB as the crow flies is 3218 km (2011 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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