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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 20 January 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R5D (DC-4)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Oakland NAS, CA (OAK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bellevue-Offutt AFB, NE (OFF/KOFF), United States of America
Destination airport:Oakland NAS, CA (OAK/KOAK), United States of America
Narrative:
The Navy transport plane struck an embankment and crashed while on a radar guided approach to Oakland Airport, California.
The undercarriage was sheared off by the impact and the airplane disintegrated as it slid about 1000 feet before coming to rest. A post impacted fire erupted, but 20 of the 21 occupants got out safely.
This accident, which happed in fog, was the first after 76,000 safe landings using Ground Controlled Approach guidance.

Sources:
» The Milwaukee Sentinel - Jan 21, 1947


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Distance from Bellevue-Offutt AFB, NE to Oakland NAS, CA as the crow flies is 2267 km (1417 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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