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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Date:Sunday 30 April 1967
Type:Silhouette image of generic C133 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-133B Cargomaster
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 59-0534
MSN: 45585
First flight: 1960
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney T34-P-9W
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) E off Okinawa (   Japan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Okinawa-Kadena AFB (DNA/RODN), Japan
Destination airport:Midway Islands NAS, U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
A Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster transport plane en route from Okinawa to Midway Island, sank after ditching off shore from Okinawa, Japan. All nine crew members survived.
After takeoff and climb to 12,450 feet, the number four propeller began to malfunction. The pilots shut the engine down, feathered the prop, and turned back toward Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base.
While on approach the propeller control and propeller power circuit failed, causing a fixed pitch condition leading to engine flameout of all three remaining engines at 2500 feet. A ditching was carried out and the airplane broke in half.


» The Curse of the Cargomaster / Air & Space Magazine Sept. 2010


photo of Douglas-C-133B-Cargomaster-59-0534
accident date: 30-04-1967
type: Douglas C-133B Cargomaster
registration: 59-0534

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 Okinawa-Kadena AFB to Midway Islands NAS as the crow flies is 5349 km (3343 miles).

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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