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Last updated: 27 October 2021
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Datum:Dienstag 12 Juli 1949
Zeit:01:17
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-1-DC (DC-4)
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 42-72476
Werknummer: 10581
Baujahr: 1945
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:19 km (11.9 Meilen) W of Rathenow (   Deutschland)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Celle RAF Station (ZCN/ETHC), Deutschland
Flug nach:Berlin-R.A.F. Gatow Airport (GWW/EDBG), Deutschland
Unfallbericht:
Crashed after engine number three and four malfunction. Ten tons of coal on board. The airplane from 317th TCW/40th TCS was part of the Berlin Airlift.

There is some uncertainty regarding the identity of this plane; according to the Turbo Prop Airliner Production List, s/n 10581 was sold by USAF to the Turkish Air Force in 1966 (as ETI-581).

Informationsquelle:
» The 317th Veterans Group Web site (usaf317thvet.org)
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
» The Unheralded: Men and Women of the Berlin Blockade and Airlift/Edwin Gere
» Die Rosinenbomber, Die Berliner Luftbrücke 1948/49/Huschke, Wolfgang
» The 317th Veterans Group Web site (usaf317thvet.org)


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Distance from Celle RAF Station to Berlin-R.A.F. Gatow Airport as the crow flies is 210 km (131 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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