Date: June 18, 1953
Time: 1634
Location: Tachikawa AFB, Tokyo, Japan
Operator: Military - U.S. Air Force
Flight #: ?
Route: Tachikawa AB - Kimpo AB
AC Type: Douglas C-124A Globemaster II
Registration: 51-137A
cn / ln: 43471
Aboard: 129   (passengers:122  crew:7)
Fatalities: 129   (passengers:122  crew:7)
Ground: 0
Summary: Crashed shortly after taking off from Tachikawa Air Base. Engine failure during takeoff. A premature application of full flaps during the three engine approach resultied in loss of air speed and aircraft control. The plane crashed into a field of watermelons. First aviation disaster to claim more than 100 lives.

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