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Accident description
Last updated: 15 December 2017
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Date:Tuesday 22 January 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54E-15-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Força Aérea Portuguesa
Registration: 6601
C/n / msn: 27351
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) SW off Las Palmas, Islas Canarias (   Spain)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Las Palmas-Gando Air Base (LPA/GCLP), Spain
Narrative:
The C-54 transport plane ditched five minutes before it scheduled to land at Las Palmas. The floating aircraft and eleven survivors were located the next morning. Three occupants remained missing.
The airplane was en route from Angola to Lisbon, Portugal. Las Palmas was a planned refueling stop.

Sources:
» Passauer Neue Presse 24 January 1963, p3
» Scramble
» El Litoral 23-1-1963


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