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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Date:Friday 26 April 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 35 km NE of Albuquerque-Kirtland AFB, NM (ABQ) (   United States of America)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:Denver-Lowry AFB, CO, United States of America
Destination airport:Albuquerque-Kirtland AFB, NM (ABQ/KABQ), United States of America
Crashed and burnt in a dry creek at Diamond Tail Ranch near Albuquerque, NM.
The aircraft was flying Andrews AFB to March AFB with en route stops at Wright-Patterson AFB, Lowry AFB and Kirtland AFB.

» Passauer Neue Presse 27 April 1963, p24
» Albuquerque Journal April 27,1963


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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 Denver-Lowry AFB, CO to Albuquerque-Kirtland AFB, NM as the crow flies is 538 km (336 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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