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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 11 May 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas VC-47D (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-49266
C/n / msn: 26527/15082
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:27 km (16.9 mls) NE of Spokane-Felts Field, WA (SFF) (   United States of America)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM), United States of America
Destination airport:Spokane-Felts Field, WA (SFF/KSFF), United States of America
Narrative:
The VC-47D aircraft impacted Mount Spokane at the 3500-foot level.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» Spokane Daily Chronicle - May 12, 1951


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Distance from Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA to Spokane-Felts Field, WA as the crow flies is 390 km (244 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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