C-82 ACCIDENTS

     
The following list is in order of date and is based on airframes which have been totally
written-off or destroyed in accidents as opposed to incidents or mishaps in which the
aircraft was able to be repaired and returned to service.
Some accidents have missing details but hopefully someday these will be filled.
The current accident list contains 24 military (USAF) accidents and 16 civilian ones
including both US and Latin American operators.
There were over 100 accidents and mishaps recorded by the USAF for the C-82
from 1946 to 1954. I've heard many rumours and stories of weak C-82 booms breaking
etc. but have yet to come across any photos or tangible evidence to support this.
     
Date: 18 July, 1946 Location: Offutt Field, Nebraska, USA
s/n / msn: 44-22964 / 10008 Operator: USAAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 11 May, 1947 Location: near Austin, Texas, USA  
s/n / msn: 44-23028 / 10072 Operator: USAAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 14 August, 1947 Location: New Germany, Ohio, USA
s/n / msn: 44-22960 / 10004 Operator: USAAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 9 December, 1947 Location: Elgin, Texas, USA
s/n / msn: 44-22994 / 10038 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 17 October, 1948 Location: Clinton, Louisiana, USA
s/n / msn: 45-57797 / 10167 Operator: USAF Fatalities: 4
The C-82 was part of a seven plane convoy when it was forced to make a
crash landing seven miles N.E. of Clinton, Louisiana, while travelling from Biggs
Field, Texas to Elgin Field, Florida. Trouble began when an engine was lost and
it was then decided to make an emergency landing rather than parachute crew
and passengers to safety. The pilot brought the aircraft down in a clearing avoiding
scattered trees but ploughed through a farm fence. It slid to a stop right side up
and no fire started, a portion of the fuselage was caved in which caused the deaths
of four occupants and severely injured a fifth. The 30 survivors of the original
34 souls on board (4 crew, 29 artillery officers and 1 enlisted man), were later
sent onto Elgin Field from Harding Field, Baton Rouge. The C-82 was
presumably cut up on site for scrap.
     

Date: 16 December, 1948 Location: Greenville AFB, South Carolina, USA
s/n / msn: 44-23042 / 10086 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 23 December, 1948 Location: Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
s/n / msn: 45-57779 / 10149 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 14 January, 1949 Location: Harnet, North Carolina, USA
s/n / msn: 44-23010 / 10054 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 20 May, 1949 Location: Isachsen Weather Station, Ellef Ringnes Island, NWT, Canada
s/n / msn: 48-572 / 10207 Operator: USAF Fatalities: 0
During a take-off run, the aircraft slid on an icy runway damaging the undercarriage and airframe
beyond repair. Luckily there were no deaths and the C-82 fuselage was salvaged and used at the
weather station as a store house. Parts of the wings and booms are still there today.
     

C-82A s/n: 48-572, the crew having had a lucky escape.
Photo: USAF official via Aad van der Voet.
     

Date: 14 July, 1949 Location: Wright Field, Ohio, USA
s/n / msn: 44-23014 / 10058 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 29 September, 1949 Location: near McCleary, Washington State, USA
s/n / msn: 48-582 / 10217 Operator: USAF Fatalities: 3
Navigational error during a training flight.
     

Date: 01 February, 1950 Location: Selfridge, Michigan, USA
s/n / msn: 44-22986 / 10030 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 21 March, 1950 Location: Smyrna AFB, Tennessee, USA
s/n / msn: 45-57752 / 10122 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 21 July, 1950 Location: Kenai AP, Alaska, USA
s/n / msn: 45-57831 / 10201 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 31 July, 1950 Location: Tallahassee, Florida, USA
s/n / msn: 44-23021 / 10065 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 11 November, 1950 Location: Pickens, South Carolina, USA
s/n / msn: 45-57739 / 10109 Operator: USAF Fatalities: 4
The aircraft departed Maxwell Field in Montgomery on November 11 heading
for Greenville AFB in South Carolina. While on approach to land at Greenville
the C-82 hit the top of Bully Mountain near Pickens and was totally destroyed.
Going by the account of the accident, the aircraft was travelling at quite a speed
as both engines were found hundreds of feet apart and the fuselage was crunched
up quite badly. The resulting fire set two acres of forest on fire but it didn't spread
much further. Air Force officials were on the scene the next day to remove the
badly burnt bodies of the four onboard and secure the site.
The four servicemen were pilot Capt. John M. Stuckrath, co-pilot 1st Lt. Robert P.
Schmitt, Staff Sgt. John D. Bloomer and passenger Staff Sgt. Walter O. Lott.
Parts of the C-82 remain at the site today, the largest being part of the undercarriage
assembly. One piece of metal came to rest up a tree and in the years since it has
become embedded up there as the tree grew around it.
     

Date: 17 November, 1950 Location: Greenville AFB, South Carolina, USA
s/n / msn: 44-23024 / 10068 Operator: USAF Fatalities: 0
C-82 s/n: 44-23024 was damaged beyond repair when the brakes failed during a
high-speed taxi run. The aircraft came to rest in a ditch, there were no crew injuries.
     

Date: 22 November, 1950 Location: Neubiberg, West Germany
s/n / msn: 45-57743 / 10113 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 20 January, 1951 Location: Damascus, Syria
s/n / msn: 45-57781 / 10151 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 3 June, 1951 Location: New Boston, Texas, USA
s/n / msn: 45-57761 / 10131 Operator: USAF Fatalities: 10
No details at present.
     

Date: 16 August, 1951 Location: Rhein-Main AFB, West Germany
s/n / msn: 45-57796 / 10166 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 13 November, 1951 Location: Mt. Dore, Clermont-Ferrand, France
s/n / msn: 45-57801 / 10171 Operator: USAF Fatalities: 36
The worst C-82 accident ever in terms of lives lost - all 6 crew members and 30 military personnel.
The aircraft was with the 11th Troop Carrier Squadron of the 60th TCG transporting US Army
postal workers to set up a military post office at Bordeaux, France. "801" collided with Mt. Dore
in the Clermont-Ferrand region while flying in bad weather. All onboard were killed instantly
due to impact shock trauma - deceleration was from 150mph in about 30 feet, the G-force
equivalent of about 25Gs. The aircraft burned on the ground afterward in a crumpled heap, the
tails the only recognisable remains from site photos. The accident report concluded pilot error as
the cause, the pilot received weather and winds for 8,000 feet but flew the flight at 6,000 feet
and then failed to account for wind drift during the flight which put them off track. Altimeter
settings and several other flight procedures were also found to be in error which attributed to
the accident. Several rumours and "ghost stories" surround this accident which still seem
to persist up to this day. One was the pilot survived the crash only to die several meters from
the crash attempting to go for help - fact is several crew members were thrown clear of the
wreckage during impact creating the impression they had survived and crawled away.
Another rumour is the aircraft was found whole and intact with crew and passengers seated
in their seats "like they were asleep" - truth is the aircraft was totally crushed and had
burned after the crash along with everything onboard.
     

A rare image of ill-fated C-82A s/n: 45-57801, note the
rippled anti-corrosive paint along the lower fuselage.

Photo: Stockard Witherspoon via Chuck Lunsford.
     

Date: 28 January, 1952 Location: Rhein-Main AFB, West Germany
s/n / msn: 45-57791 / 10161 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 16 January, 1953 Location: Chaumont, France
s/n / msn: 45-57772 / 10142 Operator: USAF Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 8 August, 1956 Location: Boca Raton, Florida, USA
s/n / msn: 44-23026 / 10070 Operator: United Heckathorn Corp. / N4832V Fatalities: 5
On August 8, 1956 C-82A N4832V and sister ship N4829V departed Masters Field,
Miami, Florida at 0448hrs. local time for a trip to nearby Boca Raton Airport for the
purpose of delivering equipment for an aerial spraying operation. The spraying was
to eradicate an infestation of Mediterranean fruit fly in the state of Florida.
Both aircraft arrived over Boca Raton just after 0500hrs. local time when the crew
of N4829V noted puffs of smoke coming from the No. 1 engine on N4832V. As
the C-82A continued into its final approach to land the smoke intensified and then
the aircraft was observed to enter a go-round and climb away into a left-hand turn.
The turning manoeuvrer continued until N4832V stalled and entered an "over-the-
top" spin and crashed into the ground bursting into flames.
Later examination of the port engine revealed the failure of the rear master rod
bearing which caused a loss of power on the engine. It appears this failure was
progressive and complete failure only occurred in the last few minutes of the flight.
The go-around was started due to poor runway alignment (maybe because of the
pilot's distraction with the engine?), it was then the crew became aware of the loss of
power on the No. 1 when they applied full throttle. The loss of power, low airspeed
and drag from the un-feathered propeller caused a loss of directional control resulting
in a stall and spin into the ground. This is the worst US-based civilian C-82 crash,
the five killed were: Charles Day (34, pilot), Rae Howry (31, co-pilot),
Allen Johnson (18), Warren Rogers (23) and John Tichenor (44).
     

N4832V with Skyspray logos as used by United Heckathorn Corp.
Photo: William T. Larkins.
     

Date: 30 October, 1957 Location: near Campeche, Mexico
s/n / msn: unknown Operator: Transportes Aereos Mexicanos SA (TAMSA) / XA-LIW Fatalities: 3
Crashed during the climb-out phase of the flight.
     

Date: 11 January, 1958 Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
s/n / msn: 45-57745 / 10115 Operator: Cruzeiro do Sul / PP-CEH Fatalities: 0
Crashed in Guanabara Bay during a training flight.
     

Date: 16 January, 1958 Location: near Belem, Brazil
s/n / msn: 45-57830 / 10200 Operator: Cruzeiro do Sul / PP-CEF Fatalities: 3
Number one engine caught fire.
     

Date: unknown Location: Trujillo, Honduras
s/n / msn: 44-23004 / 10048 Operator: Servicio Aereo de Honduras SA / XH-139 Fatalities: unknown
Crashed on take-off fully loaded with a stack of plywood timber at the time. Its unclear whether
anyone was killed or not?
     

Salvage operation underway for XH-139.
Photo: via Paul J. Holsen II.
     

Date: 26 January, 1960 Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
s/n / msn: 45-57810 / 10180 Operator: Cruzeiro do Sul / PP-CEM Fatalities: unknown
No details at present.
     

Date: 24 August, 1960 Location: El Palmar, Bolivia
s/n / msn: unknown Operator: Direccion de Aeronautica Civil (DAC) / CP-665 Fatalities: unknown
Very sketchy details of this accident exist only, no serial number is known but it appears
the C-82 was destined for La Paz coming in from Brazil at the time of the crash, the
reasons for which are unknown. The crash site is thought to be the Tamoani River
near El Palmar airstrip. It would be safe to assume that at least two or three crew
members would have been killed. Ironically, the C-82 was on it's ferry flight for
delivery to Bolivia's official agency for promoting air transport.
     

Date: 26 November, 1960 Location: Santa Cruz, Bolivia
s/n / msn: 45-57758 / 10128 Operator: Aerovias Condor Ltda. / CP-678 Fatalities: 7
Only circumstantial evidence as to a cause but it sounds more like an old pilot's anecdote more
than anything. The story goes during the take-off run, the co-pilot misunderstood the captain
scratching his beard for the "gear up" signal, thus collapsing the entire aircraft onto the
runway. Hand signals were often used in the very noisy C-82 between crew members for
communicating instructions. The seven fatalities is unconfirmed.
     

Date: 3 August, 1964 Location: Granite Mountain Airport, Alaska, USA
s/n / msn: 44-23029 / 10073 Operator: M&F Inc. / N4829V Fatalities: 0
No details at present.
     

Date: 7 November, 1964 Location: Vera Cruz, Mexico
s/n / msn: 45-57807 / 10177 Operator: Steward-Davis Inc. / N74127 Fatalities: 2
US aircraft belonging to Steward-Davis Inc. crashed while on flight into Mexico.
Pilots were Steward-Davis employees Cecil Johns and Jim Springer (co-pilot).
The aircraft was the Steward-Davis Skytruck Mk. I prototype. Some sources
quote this accident as happening on 11 November, 1964.
     

Date: 19 December, 1964 Location: airspace near Alexandria, Egypt
s/n / msn: 45-57794 / 10164 Operator: Mecom Oil Co. / N128E Fatalities: 2
This aircraft was one of several C-82 Packets operated by Mecom Oil Co. of Huston,
Texas in the North African and Middle East regions.
On the day, the flight from Amman, Jordan was crewed by US pilot Hoyt J. Williams (44) and
a Swedish co-pilot Kjell Grupp (37), their destination was Benina Airport, near Benghazi, Libya.
Along the flight path is the militarily sensitive area around Alexandria in the United Arab Republic.
Due to a mechanical problem, the C-82 was late in departing Amman and had filed a flight-plan
with an unapproved route which had not been forwarded to Cairo or Benghazi.  Radio problems
were encountered soon after departure as the aircraft failed to send several position reports.
From the UAR standpoint therefore an unidentified aircraft entered their airspace from the
direction of Israel unannounced (no radios), no over-flight clearance (none was requested prior)
and with no flight-plan information available (late departure announcement did not include
intentions). Two MiG-21 fighters were scrambled to intercept the C-82 and using international
hand signals, motioned for the aircraft to land at Cairo. The aircraft circled Cairo for a period
where the fighters then departed thinking N128E was about the land. For reasons unknown Williams
appears to have changed his mind about landing and departed Cairo in the direction of Alexandria.
At this point a second pair of UAR MiG-21 fighters were dispatched to bring the C-82 down,
shots were fired "across the bow" with fatal results. The C-82 came down around 20 miles east
of Alexandria (approx. N31 12.00 / E030 18.00) and burned on the ground, both crew members
were killed. US Authorities subsequently investigated the incident and decided against further
investigation as it seemed clear the actions of Hoyt Williams was the primary cause of the incident.
The UAR frequently issued pilot reminders about flying close to their airspace when filing flight-plans.
Had Williams made sure his plan was correct, turned back when he must have realised his radio was
faulty or obeyed the MiG's command to land in Cairo, the incident would surely have been averted.
UAR personnel stated that N128E would have been cleared through it's airspace via radio,
even without a prior over-flight request, had a proper flight-plan been received.

Source: FAA records for C-82 aircraft: N128E / 45-57794.
     

Date: 16 January, 1965 Location: near Beaver, Yukon Flats, Alaska, USA
s/n / msn: 45-57793 / 10163 Operator: Interior Airways Inc. / N208M Fatalities: 0
For some reason this crash seems to have slipped past wreck-hunters for many
years as it has only just recently come to light. An Interior Airways C-82, N208M
was returning to Fairbanks from Northern Alaska when engine trouble forced it down
on the Yukon Flats about 100 miles north of Fairbanks in the vicinity of a small outpost
called Beaver. The crew walked away unharmed but the aircraft has remained
abandoned and undisturbed to this day.
     

A photo of  N208M taken by pilot Tom Hird just before it's ill-fated flight on
January 16, 1965. The C-46 in the background is Interior Airways N4860V.
Photo: Tom Hird.
     

Undisturbed for decades!, N208M in the remote regions of the Yukon Flats, Alaska.
     

Date: 29 July, 1965 Location: off the coast of Lermer, Campeche, Mexico
s/n / msn: 45-57733 / 10103 Operator: George B. Adler / N4834V Fatalities: 0
Forced to ditch due to fuel starvation while trying to land in poor weather that had quickly
closed in around all possible landing fields. Expert piloting by Capt. Wendell Levister saw the
C-82 ditch in the ocean off the coast of Campeche, Mexico with no loss of life. The aircraft had
actually come to rest on an underwater sand bar, the crew sitting on top of the hull when rescuers
arrived. N4834V was subsequently abandoned. For a detailed account of this accident
see: The Ditching of N4834V in the side menu.
     

Down in one piece!, the final resting place of N4834V.
Photo: Capt. Wendell W. Levister 1965.
     

Date: 15 March, 1970 Location: Sasasama, Bolivia
s/n / msn: 45-57747 / 10117 Operator: Transportes Aereos Benianos SA / CP-677 Fatalities: 4
CP-677 was destined for San Borja taking-off from Sasasama Field with four crew members.
It inexplicably crashed four minutes out of and 12kms from Sasasama into thick jungle on
the edge of the Izeze River. The dead crew members could not be recovered for up to ten
days due to the rescue party getting lost in the jungle and helicopters not being able to land
at the site because of a lack of clearings.
     

Date: 28 October, 1970 Location: Serra do Norte, Brazil
s/n / msn: 48-578 / 10213 Operator: Amazonia Industrie e Comercio / PT-DNZ Fatalities: 4
No details at present.
     

Date: 27 December, 1976 Location: San Ramon, Bolivia
s/n / msn: 45-57777 / 10147 Operator: Transporte Aereos Itenez / CP-983 Fatalities: 6
After difficulties starting the port engine, the aircraft taxied out for take-off with four
crew members and two passengers onboard. During the take-off run the aircraft veered
off the runway but continued on parallel to it. The pilot tried rotating the aircraft into the
air but struggled to gain altitude, the landing gear struck a tractor parked 50 meters beyond
the end of the runway. The aircraft then flipped over onto it's back at high speed killing
all onboard. The pilot was TA Itenez's owner Capt. Jose Villarroel. The subsequent
investigation found some crew members not qualified for the flight, the C-82 was
overloaded for the existing conditions and a port engine failure is suspected as a prime
reason for the crash. Some sources quote this accident as happening on 27 January, 1977.
     

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