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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Friday 5 February 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 45-895
C/n / msn: 34155/16898
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 16
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:32 km (20 mls) N of Curry, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fairbanks-Fort Wainwright Airport, AK (FBK/PAFB), United States of America
Destination airport:Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK (EDF/PAED), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-47D transport plane crashed on a snow covered hillside in Alaska. Six men were rescued by bush pilots.

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» Toledo Blade - Feb 6, 1954
» The Tuscaloosa News - Feb 9, 1954
» Chicago Tribune Feb. 7, 1954


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Distance from Fairbanks-Fort Wainwright Airport, AK to Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK as the crow flies is 411 km (257 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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