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Accident description
Last updated: 23 March 2018
Date:Sunday 10 September 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R5D-3 (DC-4)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 87755
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Midway Island (   U.S. Minor Outlying Islands)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND/RJTT), Japan
Destination airport:Barbers Point NAS, HI (NAX), United States of America
Ditched due to fuel exhaustion caused by faulty navigation near Midway Island enroute from Tokyo-Haneda Airport, Japan to Barbers Point NAS, Hawaii and crew rescued by Navy ship. Plane sank by gunfire.

» Montreal Gazette 14 September 1950, p11


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Distance from Tokyo-Haneda Airport to Barbers Point NAS, HI as the crow flies is 6138 km (3836 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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