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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Sunday 6 March 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-15-DC (DC-4)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-17208
C/n / msn: 22158
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:32 km (20 mls) NW of Taitung (   Taiwan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Okinawa (unknown airport), Japan
Destination airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong
Narrative:
The C-54 transport plane impacted the side of a mountain at 9000 feet

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Mar 7, 1955


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