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Last updated: 1 August 2021
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Date:Thursday 11 July 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54 (DC-4)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: registration unknown
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:39 km (24.4 mls) off Guam (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Guam-Harmon Air Force Base, Guam
Destination airport:Atsugi NAS (NJA/RJTA), Japan
Narrative:
The C-54 ditched five minutes after take-off after losing power on two engines. The aircraft was heavily loaded with mail, gasoline and freight.
The crew was rescued by a boat a few minutes later. The flight crew were civilians from Pacific Overseas Airways, a contract carrier for the USAAF's Air Transport Command.

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» Sunday Tribune (Singapore) 14 July 1946, p2
» San Bernardino Sun 12 July 1946, p11


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Distance from Guam-Harmon Air Force Base to Atsugi NAS as the crow flies is 2487 km (1555 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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