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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 15 November 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R5D-3 (C-54D)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 56545
C/n / msn: 22197
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Berlin-Tempelhof Airport (THF) (   Germany)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Berlin-Tempelhof Airport (THF/EDDI), Germany
Narrative:
Overran the end of the runway and caught fire. Lt. William O. Kuencer (co-pilot) and Capt. Armand I. Grenadier (check-pilot) were seriously injured. Lt. Com. Stephan Lukacik (pilot) and ADC Sydney D. Pointer suffered minor injuries.

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» Accident photo
» VR-6 Historical Report for 30 October 1948 to 31 January 1949


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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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