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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 21 July 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Operator:Canadian Pacific Air Lines - CPAL
Registration: CF-CPC
C/n / msn: 10327
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31
Total:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:near Sitka, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vancouver International Airport, BC (YVR/CYVR), Canada
Destination airport:Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK (EDF/PAED), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-54 departed Vancouver at 18:53 for a flight to Tokyo. Nothing more was heard from the flight following a position report over Cape Spencer intersection.
Search for the aircraft was abandoned on 31 October 1951.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "As no traces of the aircraft or its occupants has been found to date the cause of the disappearance has not been determined."



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Distance from Vancouver International Airport, BC to Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK as the crow flies is 2115 km (1322 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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Douglas DC-4

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