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Status:Preliminary
Date:Friday 16 January 1953
Time:19:37
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-5-DC (DC-4)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 42-72558
MSN: 10663
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) E of Stephenville-Ernest Harmon AFB, NL (YJT) (   Canada)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:St. John's Airport, NL (YYT/CYYT), Canada
Destination airport:Stephenville-Ernest Harmon AFB, NL (YJT/CYJT), Canada
Narrative:
Crashed on rocky terrain while on finals to Harmon AFB (YJT).

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Spokane Daily Chronicle - Jan 16, 1953


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Distance from St. John's Airport, NL to Stephenville-Ernest Harmon AFB, NL as the crow flies is 440 km (275 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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