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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Date:Friday 6 July 1956
Type:Boeing KC-97E-45-BO Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-0220
C/n / msn: 16287
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:72 km (45 mls) NE of Goose Bay, NF (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Lake Charles Municipal Airport, LA (LCH/KLCH), United States of America
Destination airport:Goose Bay Airport, NF (YYR/CYYR), Canada
Crashed in a wooded area after reporting one engine on fire.

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Distance from Lake Charles Municipal Airport, LA to Goose Bay Airport, NF as the crow flies is 3667 km (2292 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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