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Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Date:Sunday 7 February 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated C-87 Liberator Express
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-23903
C/n / msn: 698
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Canton Island Airport (CIS) (   Kiribati)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Canton Island Airport (CIS/PCIS), Kiribati
The C-87 rolled and dived into the water while turning on finals to Canton Island. The flight was being operated by United Airlines under contract to the Army Air Transport Command.
It was deemed possible that an asymmetric flap deployment caused the accident.

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