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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Friday 4 March 1949
Time:16:59
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54E-5-DO (DC-4)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-9086
C/n / msn: 27312
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Bad Langensalza (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Wiesbaden-Erbenheim (Y-80) Air Base (WIE/ETOU), Germany
Destination airport:Berlin-Tempelhof Airport (THF/EDDI), Germany
Narrative:
Caught fire & crashed in a field close to Heroldishausen. Two crew members and the two passengers bailed out. 1st/Lt. Royce C. Stephens (pilot) killed. The C-54 was part of Berlin Airlift. The accident was caused by an engine oil leak that resulted in a fire

Sources:
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
» Huschke, Wolfgang J. /Die Rosinenbomber, Die Berliner Luftbrücke 1948/49
» The Unheralded: Men and Women of the Berlin Blockade and Airlift/Edwin Gere
» 50 Jahre Stiftung Luftbrücke


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Distance from Wiesbaden-Erbenheim (Y-80) Air Base to Berlin-Tempelhof Airport as the crow flies is 441 km (276 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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