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Last updated: 18 October 2021
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Datum:donderdag 17 november 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas MC-54M (DC-4)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Air Force - USAF
Registratie: 44-9068
Constructienummer: 27294
Bouwjaar: 1945
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 10 / inzittenden: 10
Totaal:slachtoffers: 14 / inzittenden: 14
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:48 km (30 mijl) WNW Las Vegas, NV (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Nevada Test and Training Range / Area 51 Airport, NV (KXTA), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
USAF C-54 44-9068 was routinely assigned to carry scientific and technical personnel from the Lockheed "Skunk Works" in Burbank to the secret Area 51, where they were working on the U-2 plane.
Because of the secrecy, the crew were never in contact with air traffic control. The plane flew on a new route that would cut 10 minutes off the total flight time. However, the C-54 was blown off course by a severe storm front and while lost in the clouds, an error in the assumed position of the aircraft in relation to the Spring Mountain range resulted in the crash a mere 50 feet below the crest of an 11,300-foot ridge leading to the peak of Mount Charleston.

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De afstand tussen Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA en Nevada Test and Training Range / Area 51 Airport, NV bedraagt 406 km (254 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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Douglas DC-4

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