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Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Date:Friday 7 March 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild R4Q-1 Packet (C-119C)
Operator:United States Marine Corps
Registration: 128741
C/n / msn: 10570
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 5 km off Okinawa-Naha AFB (AHA) (   Japan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Subic Bay International Airport (SFS/RPLB), Philippines
Destination airport:Okinawa-Naha AFB (AHA), Japan
The R4Q transport aircraft was returning from a successful mission in the Philippines, accompanied by a Douglas AD-6 Skyraider (135350). Both aircraft an instrument approach into Okinawa-Naha AFB. Apparently the AD-6 had communication or navigation problems and elected to fly wing on the R4Q during the approach. Both planes collided and crashed in the Pacific Ocean.

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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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