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Date:Tuesday 21 June 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 156176
MSN: 4280
First flight: 1968
Crew:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) off Wake Island Airport (AWK) (   U.S. Minor Outlying Islands)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Wake Island Airport (AWK/PAWK), U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
Destination airport:Guam-Agana NAS (NGM), Guam
Crashed into sea after night takeoff.


photo of Lockheed-EC-130Q-Hercules-156176
accident date: 21-06-1977
type: Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules
registration: 156176

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 Wake Island Airport to Guam-Agana NAS as the crow flies is 2402 km (1501 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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