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Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Friday 23 July 1954
Time:ca 09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-10-DC (DC-4)
Operator:Cathay Pacific Airways
Registration: VR-HEU
C/n / msn: 10310
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:15279
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Hainan Island (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand
Destination airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong
Narrative:
Ditched off Hainan Island after having been shot at by Chinese Lavochkin La-11 fighter aircraft. The survivors were rescued by a US Air Force Albatross (51-009, based at Clarke AFB).

Classification:
Shot down by aircraft
Ditching

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 60)


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Distance from Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport to Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport as the crow flies is 1703 km (1064 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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