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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
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Date:Wednesday 10 December 1947
Time:00:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-5-DC (DC-4)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 42-72572
C/n / msn: 10677
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 25
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 29
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 13 km N of Goose Bay Airport, NF (YYR) (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Goose Bay Airport, NF (YYR/CYYR), Canada
Destination airport:Springfield-Westover AFB, MA (CEF/KCEF), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft crashed and burned in a wooded area shortly after taking off from Goose Bay. Snow falling at the time of the accident was a factor.

Sources:
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher


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Distance from Goose Bay Airport, NF to Springfield-Westover AFB, MA as the crow flies is 1517 km (948 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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