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Last updated: 21 September 2021
Date:Tuesday 26 September 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-1-DC (DC-4)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 42-72457
MSN: 10562
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 43
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 51
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) off Ashiya Air Base (   Japan)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Ashiya Air Base (RJFA), Japan
Destination airport:Seoul-Gimpo (Kimpo) International Airport (SEL/RKSS), South Korea
The C-54 plane was part of the Allied airlift which is carrying troops and supplies to Korea. It crashed into the sea immediately after takeoff from Ashiya Air Base.

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Ashiya Air Base to Seoul-Gimpo (Kimpo) International Airport as the crow flies is 534 km (333 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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