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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Friday 13 July 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-118A (DC-6)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 53-3301
MSN: 44672/639
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 38 / Occupants: 56
Total:Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 66
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 2 km S of Fort Dix-McGuire AFB, NJ (WRI) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Wrightstown-McGuire AFB, NJ (WRI/KWRI), United States of America
Destination airport:Stephenville-Ernest Harmon AFB, NL (YJT/CYJT), Canada
Windshear after departure; descended into forest and crashed.


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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 Wrightstown-McGuire AFB, NJ to Stephenville-Ernest Harmon AFB, NL as the crow flies is 1575 km (984 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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