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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Saturday 3 November 1945
Time:ca 02:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54G-5-DO (DC-4)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 45-528
C/n / msn: 35981
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 40
Total:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Chukha (   Bhutan)
Crash site elevation: 2438 m (7999 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Chabua Airfield (VECA), India
Destination airport:Karachi (unknown airport), Pakistan
Narrative:
Crashed into a mountain at an elevation of 8000 feet. The pilot decided to take the direct route to Karachi instead of the designated airway.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999


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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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