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Last updated: 28 October 2021
Date:Wednesday 26 August 1970
Type:Douglas C-124C Globemaster II
Operator:Air National Guard
Registration: 52-1049
MSN: 43958
First flight:
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pavlof Volcano, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM), United States of America
Destination airport:Cold Bay Airport, AK (CDB/PACD), United States of America
The C-124 transport plane was carrying seven tons of satellite observation equipment for use with the Optical Satellite Observing System from Tacoma (TCM) to Cold Bay (CDB) when it flew into the side of the Pavlof Volcano (8215 feet high) in poor weather.


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accident date: 26-08-1970
type: Douglas C-124C Globemaster II
registration: 52-1049

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 Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA to Cold Bay Airport, AK as the crow flies is 2879 km (1799 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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