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By Lieutenant Colonel Ted Allan Morris, United States Air Force (Retired)
Copyright 2007

On 18 September 1946 the Belgian Sabena Airways four engine DC-4 aircraft OO-CBG with forty-four persons on board crossed the Atlantic and was scheduled to land to refuel at Gander Airport in Northeast Newfoundland.  Air Traffic Control lost contact with the airliner.  After determining it had not landed elsewhere, ATC declared an emergency and contacted the Coast Guard Air Detachment Operations Center for assistance.

The Coast Guard Air Detachment, Argentia, launched PB-1G (B-17G) 77247 and PBY 5As 34008 and 48314 to begin a wide area search.  PB-1G 77247, under command of LT(jg) Charles E. MacDowell, searched an area at sea where reports had been received of a possible crash.  PBY-5A 34008, under command of LCDR James N. Schrader, and 48314, commanded by LCDR Larry L. Davis, searched inland, centering on Gander Airport.

On 19 January 2006 an Antonov An-24 aircraft operated by the Slovak Air Force crashed in northern Hungary , near the village of Hejce and town of Telkibánya . The airplane was carrying Slovak peacekeepers from Kosovo . Of the 43 people on board, there was only one survivor. [1] The crash remains the deadliest in Slovak history . [2]

The airplane involved in the crash was an Antonov An-24V, the 50-seat version of the Antonov An-24 , a twin turboprop transport aircraft. The aircraft was manufactured on 31 October 1969 in the Soviet Union with the serial number 97305605. [3]

The airplane was carrying Slovak peacekeepers who had finished a six-month tour of duty in NATO ’s KFOR mission in Kosovo . The airplane was flying from Pristina International Airport in Pristina , Kosovo to Košice International Airport in Košice , Slovakia . [3] [4]

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