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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Saturday 25 April 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic C123 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-123B-19-FA Provider
Operator:Air National Guard
Registration: 56-4388
MSN: 20272
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 1,5 km off Valdez Municipal Airport, AK (VDZ) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Valdez Municipal Airport, AK (VDZ/PAVD), United States of America
Destination airport:?
The aircraft struck the surface of the Prince-William Sound 1.5 km off shore 3 minutes after takeoff at night during heavy snowfall. The C-123 was in a shallow descent with both engines operable.
Spatial disorientation is strongly suspected.


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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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