1956 Atlantic R6D-1 disappearance
A U.S. Navy R6D-1 Liftmaster, similar to the accident aircraft, operating for the Military Air Transport Service in the 1950s.
|Date||October 10, 1956|
|Site||Atlantic Ocean, 590 km (368.8 miles) southwest of Land’s End, United Kingdom|
|Aircraft type||Douglas R6D-1 Liftmaster|
|Operator||United States Navy, Military Air Transport Service (MATS)|
|Flight origin||RAF Lakenheath, England|
|Destination||Lajes Field, Azores|
The 1956 Atlantic R6D-1 disappearance involved a Douglas R6D-1 Liftmaster (BuNo 131588) of the United States Navy which disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean on 10 October 1956 with the loss of all 59 people on board. At the time, it was both the second-worst air incident to have occurred over the Atlantic and the second-deadliest involving any variant of the Douglas DC-6.
The R6D-1 – the U.S. Navy version of the United States Air Force C-118 Liftmaster and the civilian Douglas DC-6B airliner – was carrying a crew of nine and 50 passengers on a scheduled Military Air Transport Service flight from RAF Lakenheath, England, to Lajes Field in the Azores on 10 October 1956 when it disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean about 590 km (370 miles) southwest of Land’s End, England, at approximately 22:10. All of the passengers were personnel of the U.S. Air Force's 307th Bombardment Wing stationed at Lincoln Air Force Base, Nebraska, returning to the United States from 90 days of temporary duty in England. The disappearance was the second major accident involving a Navy R6D-1 in 19 months, an R6D-1 having crashed in Hawaii in March 1955.
- List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft (1955–1959)
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- 1955 Hawaii R6D-1 crash
- Aviation Safety Network Aircraft Accident Douglas R6D-1 (DC-6) 131588 Land’s End, UK
- Grossnick, Roy A., United States Naval Aviation 1910-1995, Washington, D.C.: Naval Historical Center, undated, ISBN 0-945274-34-3, p. 214, claims the date was 11 October 1956.
- Chronology of Significant Events in Naval Aviation: "Naval Air Transport" 1941 -- 1999
- US Navy and US Marine Corps BuNos Third Series (130265 to 135773)
- Claims that no trace of the aircraft were ever found, such as at US Navy and US Marine Corps BuNos Third Series (130265 to 135773), appear to be erroneous; Grossnick, Roy A., United States Naval Aviation 1910-1995, Washington, D.C.: Naval Historical Center, undated, ISBN 0-945274-34-3, p. 214, states that wreckage, but no trace of the passengers, was found.