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Flight 293 was chartered by the Military Air Transport Service of the United States Air Force to carry 95 servicemen and their families between McChord Air Force Base in Washington state to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. The DC-7 departed McChord at 07:52 Pacific Standard Time. The last radio contact was at 10:06 when the crew requested a change of flight level. When nothing more had been heard for more than an hour a search for the aircraft was begun at 11:16. It was not until 19:22 that floating debris was seen located 182.5 miles (293.7 km) WSW of Annette Island, Alaska.
Approximately 1,500 pounds of wreckage was recovered, it included life vests still encased in their plastic containers and extremely deformed seat frames. None of the bodies of the crew or passengers were ever recovered.