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IDDateTimeLocationOperatorFlight NumberRouteTypeRegistrationCN/LNAboardFatalitiesGroundSummary
109/17/190817:18Fort Myer, VirginiaMilitary - U.S. ArmyDemonstrationWright Flyer III1210During a demonstration flight, a U.S. Army flyer flown by Orville Wright nose-dived into the ground from a height of approximately 75 feet, killing Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge who was a passenger. This was the first recorded airplane fatality in history. One of two propellers separated in flight, tearing loose the wires bracing the rudder and causing the loss of control of the aircraft. Orville Wright suffered broken ribs, pelvis and a leg. Selfridge suffered a crushed skull and died a short time later.
207/12/191206:30AtlantiCity, New JerseyMilitary - U.S. NavyTest flightDirigible550First U.S. dirigible Akron exploded just offshore at an altitude of 1,000 ft. during a test flight.
308/06/1913Victoria, British Columbia, CanadaPrivate-Curtiss seaplane110The first fatal airplane accident in Canada occurred when American barnstormer, John M. Bryant, California aviator was killed.
409/09/191318:30Over the North SeaMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-1 (airship)20140The airship flew into a thunderstorm and encountered a severe downdraft crashing 20 miles north of Helgoland Island into the sea. The ship broke in two and the control car immediately sank drowning its occupants.
510/17/191310:30Near Johannisthal, GermanyMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-2 (airship)30300Hydrogen gas which was being vented was sucked into the forward engine and ignited causing the airship to explode and burn at 3,000 ft..
603/05/191501:00Tienen, BelgiumMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-8 (airship)41210Crashed into trees while attempting to land after being shot down by British and French aircraft.
709/03/191515:20Off Cuxhaven, GermanyMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-10 (airship)19190Exploded and burned near Neuwerk Island, when hydrogen gas, being vented, was ignited by lightning.
807/28/1916Near Jambol, BulgeriaMilitary - German ArmySchutte-Lanz S-L-10 (airship)20200Crashed near the Black Sea, cause unknown.
909/24/191601:00Billericay, EnglandMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-32 (airship)22220Shot down by British aircraft crashing in flames.
1010/01/191623:45Potters Bar, EnglandMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-31 (airship)19190Shot down in flames by the British 39th Home Defence Squadron.
1111/21/1916Mainz, GermanyMilitary - German ArmySuper Zeppelin (airship)28270Crashed in a storm.
1211/28/191623:45Off West Hartlepool, EnglandMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-34 (airship)20200Shot down by British anti-aircraft fire and aircraft and crashed into the North Sea.
1303/04/1917Near Gent, BelgiumMilitary - German ArmyAirship20200Caught fire and crashed.
1403/30/1917Off Northern GermanyMilitary - German NavySchutte-Lanz S-L-9 (airship)23230Struck by lightning and crashed into the BaltiSea.
1505/14/191705:15Near Texel Island, North SeaMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-22 (airship)21210Crashed into the sea from an altitude of 3,000 ft. after being hit by British aircraft fire.
1606/14/191708:45Off Vlieland Island, North SeaMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-43 (airship)24240Shot down by British aircraft.
1708/21/191707:00Off western DenmarkMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-23 (airship)18180Shot down by British aircraft.
1810/20/191707:45Near Luneville, FranceMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-44 (airship)18180Shot down by French anti-aircraft fire.
1904/07/191821:30Over the MediterraneanMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-59 (airship)23230Exploded and crashed into the sea off the southern coast of Italy.
2005/10/1918Off Helgoland Island, GermanyMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-70 (airship)22220Shot down by British aircraft crashing from a height of 17,000 ft.
2108/11/191810:00Ameland Island, North SeaMilitary - German NavyZeppelin L-53 (airship)19190Shot down by british aircraft.
2212/16/1918Elizabeth, New JerseyUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-497110
2305/25/1919Cleveland, OhioUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-461110Caught fire in midair. The pilot leaped from the plane to his death as the plane began to go into a dive.
2407/19/1919Dix Run, PennsylvaniaUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-482110
2510/02/1919Newcastle, EnglandAircraft Transport and TravelDe Havilland DH-4110
2610/14/1919Cantonsville, MarylandUS Aerial Mail ServiceCurtiss R-4LM32110
2710/20/1919English ChannelAircraft Transport and TravelDe Havilland DH-4G-EAHG
2810/30/1919Long Valley, New JerseyUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH.477110
2903/10/1920New Paris, IndianaUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-465110
3003/30/1920Newark, New JerseyUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-472110
3104/10/1920Newark, New JerseyUS Aerial Mail ServiceCurtiss R-4LM49210
3204/11/1920Heller Field, New JerseyUS Aerial Mail ServiceCurtiss JN-4H44210
3305/12/1920Oskaloosa, IowaUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-479210
3406/06/1920Cleveland, OhioUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4204110
3508/16/1920Bedford, EnglandBy AirArmstrong-Whitworth F-K-8G-EALW110
3608/16/1920College Park, MarylandUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4317110
3709/01/1920Morristown, New JerseyUS Aerial Mail ServiceJunkers JL-6305220
3809/15/1920Pemberville, OhioUS Aerial Mail ServiceJunkers F-13308220
3909/27/1920Hillersburg, PennsylvaniaUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4316110
4010/02/1920Off Port Vendres, FranceLatecoere AirlinesSalmson 2-A-2F-ALAI31220
4110/05/1920Valencia, SpainLatecoere AirlinesBreguet 14F-ALTA20220Crashed while landing.
4210/15/1920Batavia, IllinoisUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-476110
4311/07/1920Tie Siding, WyomingUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4178110
4412/14/1920Cricklewood, EnglandHandley Page TransportHandley Page HP-16G-EAMAHP-25840Crashed into a tree on take off in fog.
4512/24/1920Barcelona, SpainAeropostaleBreguet 14F-ALBO110
4602/03/1921Mendotta, MinnisotaUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4130110
4702/09/1921La Crosse, WisconsinUS Aerial Mail ServiceJunkers F-13301330
4802/15/1921Off GibraltarAeropostaleBreguet 14F-ALBA220
4902/22/1921Elko, NevadaUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-467110
5004/06/1921Point Cook, AustraliaMilitary - Royal Australian Air ForceH3021210
5104/21/1921Mitchel Field, NYUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4160110
5204/29/1921Cleveland, OhioUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4196110
5305/17/1921Rock Springs, WyomingUS Aerial Mail Service176110
5407/16/1921San Francisco, CaliforniaUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4222110
5508/14/1921Toulouse, FranceAeropostaleBreguet 14F-ALBI220
5608/24/192117:40River Humber, EnglandMilitary - Royal Airship WorksRoyal Airship Works ZR-2 (airship)R-38R-3846461Crashed due to structural failure followed by two explosions and a fire. Attributed to faulty design.
5709/06/1921Paris, FranceFranco-RoumaineVarsovie - Strasbourg - ParisPotez IXF-ADCD160550Crashed while making an approach to Le Bourget Airport in Paris.
5812/05/1921Near Murchinson River, AustraliaWest Australian AirwaysBristol 28 TourerG-AUDI6116330
5901/14/1922Paris, FranceHandley Page TransportHandley Page O/10G-EATNHP-43555Crashed at Le Bourget field.
6002/21/1922Near Norfolk, VirginiaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ServiceDirigible Roma (airship)45340Crashed from a height of 500 ft. after experiencing control problems cause by malfunctioning controls.
6104/07/1922Grandvilliers, FranceDaimler Airways / Grands Express Aeriensde Havilland DH-18 / Farman F-60 GoliathG-EAOW/FGEAD4770A midair collision occurred in poor visibility approximately 18 miles north of Beauvais, France. This was the first commercial midair collision in aviation history. Two killed on the de Havilland, five on the Faman F-60.
6204/08/1922Pao Ting Fou, China17170All seventeen aboard were Chinese nationals.
6304/13/1922Brooklands, EnglandVickersVickers VikingG-EBBZ330
6410/01/1925Nittany Mt, OhioUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4385110
6506/03/1922Off Folkestone, Kent, EnglandCie des Messageries AeriennesBleriot Spad 27F-CMAY1254330
6607/26/1922Cadix, SpainGrands Express AeriensBreguet 14330
6709/07/1922Indianapolis, IndianaUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4227110
6810/02/1922Venice, Italyde Havilland DH-9G-EAYT440
6910/25/1922Larache, MoroccoGrands Express AeriensBreguet 14220
7012/03/1922Fez, MoroccoGrands Express AeriensBreguet 14110
7101/10/1923Ajaccio, FranceAmee de l'AirLioré-et-Olivier H-13F-AEIB430
7201/17/1923Barcelona, SpainGrands Express AeriensBreguet 14F-ALJU110
7301/18/1923Cheyenne, WyomingUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4223110
7402/26/1923Meadville, PennsylvaniaUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4291110
7505/14/1923Monsures, FranceGrands Express AeriensFarman F-60 GoliathF-AEBY660
7608/27/1923Bucharest, RomaniaCampagnie France RoumaineBlériot Spad 46F-AEGN220
7709/07/1923Colton, OhioUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4283110
7809/14/1923Berks, EnglandDaimler Airwaysde Havilland DH-34G-EBBS29660
7911/18/1923RussiaCCCPJunkers F-13D-257420
8012/06/1923Castalia, OhioUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4318110
8112/23/192302:30Over the Mediterranean SeaMilitary - French NavyToulon - AlgiersZeppelin Dixmunde (airship)L-7252520Crashed while on a flight from Toulon, France to Algiers, Algeria. The last known radio contact reported the ship nearly out of fuel and battling strong winds. Struck by lightning.
8212/24/1923Egbert, WYUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4315110
8303/07/1924Grampian, PennsylvaniaUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4327110
8404/24/1924Over the English ChannelKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesLympne, England - Rotterdam, The NetherlandsFokker F.IIIH-NABS1535330
8506/08/1924Barranquilla, ColombiaSCADTAJunkers F-13A16330
8608/01/1924United StatesUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4297110
8711/06/1924Cabrerolles, FranceGrands Express AeriensF-AFBD110
8812/21/1924Goshen, IndianaUS Aerial Mail ServiceDe Havilland DH-4311110
8912/24/1924Purley, EnglandImperial Airwaysde Havilland DH-34BG-EBBX36880Shortly after taking off, witnesses observed a puff of white smoke after which the plane nose-dived into the ground. Fuel starvation. Captain Stewart and seven passengers were killed in an attempted forced landing.
9003/22/1925Near Tiflies, Georgia, USSRZakaviaJunkers F-13R-RECA590550
9104/25/1925Alicante, SpainGrands Express AeriensBreguet 14440
9205/25/1925Alicante, SpainLignes Aeriennes LatecoereBreguet 14F-AFBB220
9306/25/1925Landrécies, FranceKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesFokker (KLM) F.IIIH-NABMKLM-2440Crashed in poor weather.
9406/26/1925Alicante, SpainGrands Express AeriensLioré-et-Olivier H-13F-AHBH220
9507/20/1925Rosas, SpainLignes Aeriennes LatecoereBreguet 14F-AFBI110
9607/24/1925Budapest, HungaryCIDNAPotez IX110
9709/03/192505:30Caldwell, OhioMilitary - U.S. NavyLakehurst, NJ - S.t Louis, MODirigible ZR-1 Shenandoah (airship)ZR-143140The Shenandoah was flying over Southern Ohio when she abruptly encountered violent atmosphericonditions (thunderstorms). Powerful air currents buffeted her so severely that her crew was unable to maintain control. Rising rapidly above her pressure height, then falling and rising again, her hull structure was overstressed amidships, breaking the airship in two. Shenandoah's external control car and two engine cars fell free, carrying the dirigible's commanding officer and several other men to their deaths. The stern section came down nearby, while several men were able to fly the bow section to ground as a free balloon.
9809/07/1925Toul, FranceCIDNA330
9911/14/1925Off Boulogne-sur-Mer, FranceAir UnionFarman F-60 GoliathF-AMFY220
10002/12/1926Montpelier, OhioUS Aerial Mail ServiceCurtiss Carrier Pigeon110
10103/08/1926Staaken, GermanyDeutche LufthansaJunkers F-13110
10205/31/1926English ChannelAir UnionBreguet 14F-ADAI110
10307/03/1926Rossaugpt, CzechoslovakiaCompagnie Internationale de Navigation AérienneParis - PragueCaudron C-61F-AFBT5307770Crashed while en route.
10407/09/1926Wolvertem, BelgiumKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesFokker F-4H-NACC4759220
10507/24/1926Juist, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaJunkers F-13D-272660440Weather related.
10608/18/1926Hurst, Kent, EnglandAir UnionBleriot 155F-AIEB2440Crashed in adverse weather conditions. Engine failure.
10709/26/1926New York, New YorkNew York - ParisSikorsky S-25520Too much weight caused the landing gear to collapse as the plane took off for Paris on the first trans-Atlantipassenger flight.
10810/08/1926Bueren, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaFokker FG IIID-4681554440Weather related.
10910/21/192613:15English ChannelImperial AirwaysHandley Page W-10G-EBMSW10/31200The plane was on a flight from London to Paris when power was lost to the starboard engine. The aircraft began to lose altitude until it eventually ditched into the sea about 18 miles from the English coast. The plane stayed afloat long enough for the fishing boat Invicta, piloted by Captain Marshall, to rescue all aboard. The plane was named Prince Henry.
11011/11/1926Cape Bojador, MoroccoGrands Express AeriensBreguet 14330
11112/16/1926Medford, OregonPacifiAir TransportRyan M-12110
11201/12/1927Lille, FranceKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesFokker F-VIIH-NADH220
11303/20/1927Rabat, MoroccoGrands Express AeriensBreguet 14F-ALRA110
11403/24/1927Tambo, Qld, AustraliaQantasde Havilland DH-9CG-AUED86330Stalled at low altitiude on approach to land
11504/15/1927King Hill, IdahoVarney Air Lines110Crashed after an unsuccessful attempt at fly into strong headwinds. The engine quit and the plane nosedived into the ground.
11604/22/1927Goshen, IndianaUS Aerial Mail ServiceDouglas M-4626110
11704/22/1927Floh, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaFokker FG IIID-7291567220Engine failure.
11805/02/1927Algiers, AlgeriaAir UnionSPCA Meteore 63310
11907/27/1927Amoneburg, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaJunkers F-13D-206591550Engine failure.
12008/22/192708:30Sevenoaks, EnglandKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesCroydon - SchipholFokker F-VIII49931110A broken wire led to the partial loss of the the rudder and a crash landing which resulted in the aircraft striking a tree, killing the flight engineer.
12109/03/1927Willington, ConnecticutColonial Air TransportFokker Universal110
12209/17/1927Hadley, New JerseyReynolds AirwaysSightseeingFokker F-VIINC77648401270The sightseeing plane took off and rose to 400 ft. when the engine failed. The plane stalled and plunged to the ground in an apple orchard. Engine failure. The pilot was not familiar with the type of aircraft.
12309/22/1927Saale, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaBFW M-18D-117730420Engine failure.
12409/23/192710:00Schleiz, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaBerlin - MunichDornier MerkurD-585660Broken wing strut.
12510/06/1927Thies, MauritaniaLignes Aeriennes LatecoereBreguet 14F-AGBN220
12610/30/1927New Brunswick, New JerseyColonial Air TransportFairchild FC-2440Went into a tailspin and crashed into a corn field
12711/16/1927Strasburg, FranceCIDNAFarman F-121 Jabiru110
12811/16/1927Over the Gulf of FinlandAero O-YJunkers F-13K-SALD798660
12911/29/1927Corunna, IndianaNational Air TransportDouglas M-4110
13012/26/1927Almeria, SpainAeropostaleBreguet 14220
13112/28/1927Abuerio, SpainAeropostaleBreguet 14F-AFGS110
13212/31/1927FranceLatecoere AirlinesLatécoère 23440
13301/08/1928Near Canajoharie, New YorkColonial Western AirlinesMinola - Albany - BuffaloFairchild FC-239330Became lost in dense fog and flew into the ground in the Mohawk Valley while proceeding to Buffalo..
13401/16/1928Solis, UruguayAeropostaleLatecoere 25220
13501/22/1928Tarragona, SpainAeropostaleBreguet 14F-AHEQ220
13601/22/1928FranceAeropostaleBreguet 14210
13701/27/1928Almeria, SpainAeropostaleBreguet 14F-AEEH110
13802/26/1928Marquette, NebraskaBoeing Air TransportBoeing 40NC280210The air mail plane crashed into a grove of cottonwood trees and burned. Businessman F.H. Craig was killed and pilot Frank Yegar injured. The pilot descended in altitude due to air pockets.The plane then ran into an air pocket that brought the plane down into the grove of trees.
13903/03/1928Rio de Janeiro, Brazil10100
14003/11/1928Off Cape Griz Nez, FranceAir UnionFarman F-60 GoliathF-AEFC220
14104/17/1928Federal, WyomingBoeing Air TransportBoeing 40210
14204/19/1928Minuesa, SpainIberia AirlinesRohrbach RolandM-CCCC990Crashed in fog.
14305/07/1928AeropostaleLatecoere 26F-AIMQ110
14405/12/1928Dearborn, MinnesotaFord Air Freight Inc.Ford 4NC1492220
14505/26/1928Radevormwald, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaJunkers F-13D-583742530Pilot error.
14606/14/1928Frankfurt, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaAEGKD-74439550
14706/22/1928Lebo, KansasNational Air TransportChicago - DallasDouglas M-4110The mail plane flew into tornado like winds and crashed to the ground.
14807/10/1928Over the Gulf of FinlandAero O-YJunkers F-13K-SALB760660
14907/13/1928Purley, EnglandImperial AirwaysTestingVickers 74 VulcanG-EBLB9440Crashed to the ground shortly after taking off killing two men and two women.
15007/24/1928Waalhaven harbor, NetherlandsKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesFokker (KLM) F.IIIH-NABR1533 (KLM-1)110The plane crashed into the Waalhaven harbor.
15108/25/1928Near Port Townsend, BC, CanadaBritish Columbia AirwaysVictoria - SeattleFord 4-AT-B Tri MotorG-CATX4-AT-26770Crashed into Puget Sound in dense fog. Considered the first Canadian air disaster.
15209/02/1928Toul, FranceCIDNABleriot Spad 56330
15309/04/1928Adelaide Hills, AustraliaQantasde Havilland DH.50JG-AUHI210Following the conclusion of an aerial tour carrying Sir John Salmond, the aircraft departed Adelaide piloted by C. W. A. Scott with an engineer as passenger. Control was lost in the cloud during an attempt to cross the Adelaide Hills; the aircraft crashed and caught fire.
15409/04/1928Pocatello, IdahoNational Parks AirwaysFokker Super UniversalNC7242809770
15509/06/1928Heroldbach, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaFokker FG IIID-1801531330Engine failure.
15610/04/1928Gerona, SpainAeropostaleBreguet 14330
15710/18/1928Polk, PennsylvaniaNational Air TransportDouglas M-4110The mail plane crashed and burned during the night.
15810/31/1928Valence, FranceAir UnionBleriot Spad 56F-AIMN210
15911/15/1928Off GibraltarAeropostaleLatecoere 32F-AISN210
16011/24/1928Edgerton, OhioUniversal AirlinesCleveland - ChicagoHamilton H-4746330The mail plane crashed in a heavy snow storm.
16111/25/1928Bristolville, OhioNational Air TransportDouglas M-4110The mail plane crashed in a snow storm.
16211/25/1928Edgerton, OhioContinental Air LinesCleveland - LouisvilleTravel Air 4000330The mail plane crashed in a heavy snow storm
16312/01/192810:00Spur, TexasSunbeam Air Transport Co.San Antonio - Amarillo - Tulsa - DenverFord 4-AT-B Tri MotorNC78624-AT-47550The aircraft crashed and burned while en route. Flames were seen aboard the plane before it crashed.
16412/03/192808:00BrazilSyndicato CondorDornier WalP-BACA06314140The seaplane took off form the bay and narrowly avoided a collision with another plane and in the process veered sharply and so abruptly that one of the wings was strained beyond its elastilimits. The pilot then lost control of the aircraft and it fell, tail spinning 300 feet into the water where one of the engines exploded on impact. It sunk immediately.
16512/04/1928Rio de Janeiro, BrazilJunkers G24660The aircraft's wingtip struck the water and crashed into Rio de Janeiro Bay.
16612/11/1928Letzlingen, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaJunkers G-31D-14733005430Weather related.
16712/20/1928Huron, OhioNational Air TransportCleveland - ChicagoDouglas M-4110The mail plane crashed into an apple tree during a snow storm.
16812/23/1928Chattanooga, TennesseeInterstate AirlinesFairchild FC-2440Crashed onto a roof and garage on takeoff and burst into flames. The motor may have not been warmed- up enough.
16912/31/1928Reims, FranceCIDNABlériot Spad 66F-AEHX40320Crashed into high ground in fog.
17001/05/1929Stafford Springs, ConnecticutColonial Air TransportFairchild FC-2110
17101/18/1929Cove, OregonVarney Air LinesStearman C-38110While attempting to make an emergency landing on the Minam river the plane hit a bolder
17201/25/1929Near Corfu, GreeceAeroespressoCMASA WalI-AZDA053920
17301/31/1929Morgantown, West VirginiaSkyline Transportation CompanyTravel Air 4000110
17401/31/1929Off MoroccoAeropostaleLatecoere 26220
17503/17/1929Newark, New JerseyColonial Western AirlinesSightseeingFord 5-AT-B Tri MotorNC76834-AT-4115140The plane was making the last of a number of sightseeing flights when one of it's three engines failed. The Plane went out of control at an altitude of 200 ft. and crashed into a railroad freight car. Engine failure.
17603/30/192909:18Near Beaumont, CaliforniaNew Standard AirlinesLos Angeles - Phoenix - El PasoFokker F-VIIANC7888617440The aircraft crashed into a high mountain ridge, exploding on impact. Investigators speculated that upon encountering fog and winds in the treacherous mountain pass, the pilot may have turned the airliner around and was heading back to the airport when the crash occurred.
17704/21/1929San Diego, CaliforniaMaddux Airlines / Military - U.S.Army Air ForceSan Diego - PhoenixFord 5-AT-B Tri-Motor / B-PW-9DNC9636 / 28-0374-AT-010660A midair collision occurred with a US Air Force Boeing PW-9D at 2,000 ft. Five killed on the Tri-motor, one on the Boeing. Army pilot Lieutenant Howard Keefer, while flying above the airliner, was stunting and performed a steep banking turn downward, in an attempt to pass in front of the airliner. Instead, he misjudged the speed of the Maddux aircraft and his diving plane struck the cockpit of the Ford Tri-motor. He was found criminally negligent.
17805/18/1929HungaryMALERTFokker F-IIIH-MABC220
17905/22/1929AlgiersAeropostaleCams 53F-AISX540
18006/10/1929Santiago de Cuba, CubaPan American AirwaysSantiago de Cuba - HavanaFokker F-XNC9700520Crashed while taking off. The muddy field prevented the aircraft from gaining altitude. The plane hit telephone wires and crashed.
18106/14/1929Barcelona, SpainAeropostaleBreguet 14F-AFEJ210
18206/17/1929Off Dungeness, EnglandImperial AirwaysHandley Page W-10G-EBMTW10/41370The plane was over the English Channel when an engine failed. The pilot tried to return to the airport but the plane ditched into the English Channel. The plane was named 'City of Ottawa.'
18306/24/1929St. Paul, MinnesotaNorthwest Orient AirlinesSt. Paul - MinneapolisFord 5-AT-B Tri-MotorNC74165-AT-002810Crashed near Indian Mounds park shortly after taking off. Triple engine failure.
18406/29/1929Lake Constance, SwitzerlandAero LloydDomier Delphin IIID-1620151550The aircraft crashed into lake Constance while attempting to landing.
18506/29/1929Columbus, OhioContinental Air LinesTravel Air 4000110
18608/11/1929Clovis, New MexicoMiddle States AirlinesLockheed VegaNC870E440
18708/13/1929Perpignan, FranceAeropostaleBreguet 14110
18808/24/1929Sochi, RussiaUkvozduchputKalinin K-4CCCP-217110
18908/24/1929Elm, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaFokker FG IID-7571571540Weather related.
19009/02/1929Needles, CaliforniaAssociated AviatorsLockheed VegaNR859E210The plane crashed after going into a tail spin. The mechaniwas able to parachute to safety.
19109/03/1929c: 1:00Mt. Taylor, New MexicoTrans Continental Air TransportAlbuquerque - Los AngelesFord 5-AT-B Tri MotorNC96495-AT-002880Crashed in a thunderstorm after being struck by lightning. The plane was named 'The City of San Francisco.'
19209/06/1929Jask, IranImperial AirwaysLondon, England - Indiade Havilland DH-66 HerculesG-EBMZ239530The mail plane caught fire after crash landing.
19309/17/1929Off Larache, MoroccoAeropostaleLatecoere 25-3-RF-AIUJ704550Crashed into the Mediterranean.
19409/17/1929Jacumba, CaliforniaPickwick AirwaysTijuana - NogalesFairchild 71210The mail plane crashed into a hillside in the desert while attempting to make an emergency landing during a storm.
19509/17/1929Mt Lamentation, ConnecticutColonial Air TransportPitcairn PA-6 Mailwing110The mail plane crashed into Mt. Lamentation and burst into flames.
19610/26/1929Off Spezia, ItalyImperial AirwaysShort CalcuttaG-AADN5748770The aircraft ditched in the ocean after encountering gale force winds. Sank while in tow. The plane was named 'City of Rome.'
19710/29/1929Mount Vernon, OhioContinental Air LinesCleveland - LouisvilleStearman C-38110The mail plane crashed into a grove of trees 8 miles southwest of Mount Vernon.
19810/31/1929Off Bremerton, WashingtonBremerton-Seattle Air Taxi / Gorst Air LinesBremertonLoening C-2C220The air taxi crashed into Puget Sound as it attempted to take off.
19911/04/192907:00Cerro del Carbon, MexicoCorp. Aeronautica de TransportesMexico City - JuarezLockheed Vega 5NC46M097440The mail plane crashed in dense fog.
20011/06/1929Near Godstone, Surrey, EnglandDeutsche LufthansaAmsterdam - CroydenJunkers G-24D-903911870Crashed in heavy rain and fog while attempting to land.
20111/15/1929Off Corsica, FranceAir UnionLiore et Olivier 190F-AIGB1330Crashed into the Mediterranean in fog.
20211/30/1929Vancouver, WashingtonVarney Air LinesStearman M-2 Speedmail110The mail plane crashed into a fog bound tower of the interstate bridge spanning the Columbia River.
20312/02/1929Chagrin Falls, OhioNational Air TransportDouglas M-3110The mail plane crashed en route during a storm.
20412/14/1929Mediterranean SeaAeropostaleBernard 192F-AJDA330
20512/19/1929Near Berlin, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaArado V1D-1594320Forced landing 40 miles from Berlin.
20612/30/1929Amarillo, TexasTrans Continental Air TransportTravel Air B6000550Crashed on approach onto a golf course.
20701/10/1930Brawnson, NebraskaBoeing Air TransportBoeing 95NC184E110The airmail plane crash landed and burst into flames on a farm in fog and snow while attempting to make an emergency landing.
20801/13/1930Antananarivo, MadagascarAir OrientFarman 190F-AJJK330
20901/19/193018:23Oceanside, CaliforniaMaddux Airlines7Aqua Caliente, Mexico - Los AngelesFord 5-AT-C Tri MotorNC96895-AT-04616160While en route to Los Angeles, the pilot, flying a low altitude due to poor weather conditions tried to turn back. While in a left turn his left wing struck a hill, crashed and burned. Adverse weather conditions. The plane flew into a sudden squall which cause the pilot to lose control.
21001/25/1930Off Ceuta, SpainAeropostaleLatecoere 25F-AJCL220
21101/27/193017:30Kansas City, KansasCentral AirlinesWichita - Kansas City, KSTravel Air A6000A963550While preparing to land, the plane side slipped and dived into the ground from a height of 500 ft. and caught fire. As quickly as the bodies were removed, a hastily mustered crew of pilots and mechanics from Universal Airlines and Central Airlines, began removing all evidence of the accident, savagely fighting off reporters and photographers as they worked.
21202/03/1930Hartford, ConnecticutColonial Air TransportNewark, NJ - Hartford, CTPitcairn PA-6 Mailwing110While attempting to land the plane struck a building and fell into the Connecticut river.
21302/10/1930Marden, EnglandAir UnionFarman F-63F-FHMY220
21404/18/1930c:17:00Jersey City, New JerseyCanadian Colonial AirwaysAlbany, NY - Jersey City, NJFairchild 71634440Crashed into power lines 150 feet above the ground in fog.
21505/10/1930Buenos AiresAeropostaleLatecoere 28F-AJPD430
21606/05/1930Boston, MassachusettsColonial Air TransportFord Tri-Motor 5NC96755-AT-0331510Crashed into Boston Harbor after loosing the right engine on takeoff.
21707/07/1930Bornholm, DenmarkDeutsche LufthansaStettin - NorwayDornier WalD-86444850The flying boat landed in a storm in the open ocean due to engine failure. After three hours, the plane was capsized by a large wave.
21807/10/1930Arkansas Pass, TexasCross AirwaysLockheed Vega 5NC-394H087550The aircraft exploded in the air at an altitude of 4,000 feet shortly after taking off. The plane was flying in an area of fog and thunderstorms.
21908/22/1930Iglau, CzechoslovakiaCeskoslovenske AeroliniePrague - Brun - PressburgFord 5-AT-C Tri MotorOK-FOR5-AT-05011100Crashed while the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing in fog, during a storm.
22009/11/1930Croydon, EnglandSabenaSabca F-VIIOO-AIN220
22109/25/1930Southesk, Saskatchewan, CanadaWestern Canada AirwaysCalgary - Moosejaw330The air mail plane crashed in fog while en route.
22210/05/193002:05Near Beauvais, FranceMilitary - British Air MinistryCardington, England - Karachi, PakistanRoyal Airship Works R-101G-FAAWR-10154480The airship was on its inaugural flight from Cardington, England to Karachi, (Pakistan). During a storm on the first night, it suddenly nosedived, leveled briefly, then dived again crashing and burning. Preparations had been rushed for political reasons and there had been no full-speed test flight. In the wind and rain, the outer cover split open at the front so that the two forward gasbags ruptured simultaneously. Dropping ballast raised the nose, but only because there was also dynamilift, which was promptly lost as speed was reduced, presumably to save the remaining gasbags.
22310/06/193009:45Dresden, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaBerlin - ViennaMesserschmitt M-20BD-1930443880Crashed into hill while attempting to land.
22410/12/1930La Rache, MoroccoAeropostaleCasablanca - Bahat - ToulouseLatecoere 28F-AJUU440The french postal plane crashed into mountains.
22510/28/1930Prince Rupert, BC, CanadaAlaska-Washington AirwaysLockheed VegaNC103W120330
22610/30/1930Near Neufchatel, FranceImperial AirwaysParis, France - London, EnglandHandley Page W-8G-EBIXW8-7630Crashed into high ground in fog after losing an engine. The plane was named 'City of Washington.'
22710/30/1930Brookston, IndianaEmbry Riddle CompanyPitcairn PA-6 Mailwing110After developing engine trouble the pilot tried to parachute out of the plane but the parachute got caught on the plane and the pilot was dragged to his death.
22811/07/1930Off of Santos, BrazilSyndicato CondorJunkers G-24P-BAHA921910Crashed into the sea.
22911/18/1930c: 2:00Techachapi Mountains, CaliforniaPacifiAir TransportBurbank, CA - Oakland, CABoeing 40NC534033Crashed into a mountainside at an altitude of 4,500 feet during a snowstorm.
23012/09/1930Shanghai, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationShanghai - HankowLoening C-W Air Yaht640The lower right wing of the aircraft hit the mast of a river boat and the plane flipped over on its back and crashed onto a river bank. The aircraft was named 'Shanghai'.
23101/08/1931Melle, BelgiumSabenaFokker F-VIIOO-AIL220
23201/22/1931Bluff Mountain, WashingtonVarney Air LinesPortland - PascoBoeing 40NC741K110The mail plane flew into Bluff Mountain in dense fog.
23302/08/1931Wairoa, New ZealandDominion Air LinesDesoutter IIZK-ACA110
23402/20/1931Bagot, Manitoba, CanadaWestern Canada AirwaysWinnigeg - MoosejawFokker Universal F-14320The plane carrying mail, crashed into a field, turned over and burst into flames. There was heavy fog in the area of the accident.
23502/24/1931Off SpainAeropostaleLatecoere 32F-AITX310
23603/21/1931New South Wales, AustraliaAustralian National AirwaysAvro 10VH-UMF241880Wreckage found 10/26/1958.
23703/31/193110:45Bazaar, KansasTrans Continental and Western Air599Kansas City - Wichita - Los AngelesFokker F10A TrimotorNC-9991063880Shortly after taking off from Kansas City, one of the aircraft's wing's separated in flight after penetrating a thunderstorm and experiencing strong turbulence and icing. The plane crashed into a wheat field. Wing-aileron flutter, brought about by moisture leaking into the wing's interior, weakening the glue that bonded the wooden spars. Notre Dame football coach, Knute Rockne, 43, killed.
23804/14/1931Near Letschen, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaMesserschmitt M-20D-19284421020Fuselage failure. Four were seriously injured and both the pilot and radio operator were killed.
23905/05/193123:30Burbank, CaliforniaPacifiAir TransportSan Diego - Los AngelesBoeing 40NC5390220The mail plane crashed into Las Tunas Canyon while attempting to land at Burbank Airport in dense fog.
24005/22/1931Wampit, AustraliaGuiena AirwaysJunkers W-34VH-UNR110
24105/24/193122:30Bellefonte, PennsylvaniaNational Air TransportBoeing 95NC397E110Crashed into a mountain and burned in poor visibility.
24206/07/193109:00Near Sandoway, BurmaAir OrientSaigon - KarachiFokker F-VIIBPH-AEO5096440Crashed into a trees and fell into a river 50 km south of Sandoway after experiencing engine trouble while attempting to land at Sandoway in poor visibility and monsoon conditions.
24306/11/1931Walbridge, OhioRubner Flying ServiceLockheed Vega 2NC857E064320A wing buckled as the plane was attempting to land and the plane crashed.
24406/13/1931Saarbrucken, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaCologne - SaarbruckenDornier MerkurD-1455177440After circling in fog for half an hour, the plane rose to about 300 ft. and nose dived into the ground and burst into flames. Engine failure.
24507/12/1931Chicago, IllinoisBraniff AirlinesChicago - DetroitLockheed VegaNC8497220Engine quit while taking off. The plane crashed from a height of 700 feet. The pilot tried to return to the airport by banking to the right but did not have sufficient altitude to recover.
24607/14/1931Temora, AustraliaAustralian Aerial ServicesLasco LascowlVH-UGF220
24707/21/1931Centralia, IllinoisAmerican AirwaysPitcairn PA-6 Mailwing110
24807/24/1931Kurudjevo, BulgariaCIDNAConstantinople - BudapestFokker F-VII770The aircraft caught fire in mid air and crashed.
24908/09/193108:40Cincinnati, OhioAmerican AirwaysFord 5-AT-C Tri MotorNC96625AT-029660Crashed from a height of 500 feet on the banks of Little Miami River shortly after taking off. Engine failure due to a broken hub on the right engine which led to the detachment of the motor from the aircraft.
25009/14/193120:00Chicago, IllinoisChicago-Detroit AirwaysLockheed VegaNC606110Crashed in a severe rainstorm while attempting to land.
25109/16/193104:00Oakland, CaliforniaPacifiAir TransportOakland, CA - Seattle, WABoeing 40NC10347440Crashed into San Francisco Bay shortly after taking off from Oakland airport.
25210/06/1931Novia Scotia, CanadaDeutsche LufthansaHeinkel HE-2D-1717334330
25310/14/1931BrazilSyndicato CondorDornier WalP-BALSA107330
25411/05/193106:48Camden, New JerseyNY, Phil., Washington AWNewark, NJ - Camden, NJ - Washington DCLockheed Orion 9NC12221178550Crashed onto a golf course and burst into flames after circling the airport twice to land.
25511/13/1931Sir Lowry's pass, South AfricaUnion AirwaysDe Havilland DH.80330
25611/23/1931Salt Lake City, UtahBoeing Air TransportBoeing 40NC7465110The mail plane crashed 8 miles west of Salt Lake airport. It is believed the plane overturned while attempting to land in the dark.
25711/24/1931Near Tsinan, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationNanking - PeikingStinson330Crashed into Chingshan mountain range 10 miles south of Tsinan in fog.
25811/26/193122:30Pasco, WashingtonVarney Air LinesPortland, WA - Pasco, WABoeing 40NC10338110Crashed in fog while attempting to land.
25912/05/1931Kewanee, IllinoisBraniff AirwaysKansas City - ChicagoLockheed Vega 5NC433E049620Crashed attempting to land at an alternate airfield in a sleet storm. The plane struck the roof of a barn adjacent to the airfield and was destroyed. Icing.
26012/06/1931Bangkok, ThailandKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesFokker F-VIIb-3MPH-AFO5226750Did not gain altitude while taking off. The landing gear hit the top of a dam and the plane crashed.
26112/09/1931Off AlgiersAeropostaleCAMS 56F-AIOX220
26212/31/1931Springfield, OhioAmerican AirwaysPort Colombus, OH - Louisville, KYFairchild Pilgrim 100A540Under orders from his supervisor, the pilot took off in extremely poor weather conditions. After encountering fog he attempted to turn back to the airport but a wing tip struck a knoll and the plane crashed.
26301/21/1932Colvin Park, IlinoisNorthwest AirwaysRockford - Chicago, IL - Madison, WIStinson SM-2A110Crashed in heavy fog a few minutes after taking off from Rockford. A witness said the plane caught fire after an explosion in mid air and crashed.
26401/29/1932Lebec, CaliforniaCentury PacifiLinesSan Francisco - Bakersfield - Los Angeles, CAStinson SM-6000B5034880Crashed into a canyon in mountains during a snowstorm.
26502/01/1932Off Miami, FloridaBimini AirwaysMiami - BiminiFairchild550Disappeared while en route on a 45 minute flight.
26602/02/1932Marcellus, MichiganTransamerican AirlinesChicago - KalamazooStearman C-3MB110Mail plane crashed.
26702/02/1932Rio Vista, CaliforniaBoeing Air TransportBoeing 40NC7470210Struck an irrigation ditch and caught fire during landing.
26802/27/1932Off Setiba, BrazilAeropostaleLatecoere 28F-AJOX330
26903/08/193202:00Saint Louis, IllinoisCentury Air LinesTrainingStinson SM-6000B520Crashed into a skeleton of an old windmill, 500 yards from the edge of the field while practicing night landings.
27003/19/1932Calimesa, CaliforniaAmerican AirwaysPhoenix, AZ - Los Angeles, CAFokker F-10A1027770Crashed into an orchard after striking power lines in fog.
27103/21/1932Steubenville, OhioTrans Continental and Western AirColumbus - McKeesportNorthrop Alpha110The mail plane pilot drowned when his parachute tangled in the fuselage and he was dragged into the Ohio River after his plane crashed.
27203/29/1932SyriaAir OrientFarman F-190330
27303/31/1932Bedford, OhioNational Air TransportBoeing 95NC191E110
27404/21/1932Fort Wayne, IndianaTransamerica AirlinesStearman C-3MB110
27505/03/1932Portland, OregonVarney Air LinesBoeing 40NC830M220
27605/16/1932Burbank, CaliforniaPacifiAir TransportSan Diego - Burbank - OaklandBoeing 40NC5589330Crashed and burned in fog while attempting to land at Burbank Airport. Both pilots and the radio man were killed.
27707/16/1932Mount El Plomo, near Vitacura, ChilePanagraSantiago, Chile - Mendosa, ArgentinaFord 5-AT-C Tri MotorNC403H5-AT-062990The aircraft crashed in a severe snowstorm in the Andes Mountains. The wreckage was buried by ice and snow and wasn’t found until March 22, 1934.
27808/12/1932Beyrouth, LebanonAir OrientCAMS 53F-AIQY710
27908/30/1932Tubergen, GermanyA B AerotransportJunkers G-23SE-AAE220
28009/08/1932c:09:00Salt Flats, TexasAmerican AirwaysEl Paso - DallasFokker F-10NC9716430The mail plane struck a mountain and burned encountering poor weather conditions.
28109/17/1932Selsdon Park, EnglandAir UnionLiore-et-Olivier 213F-AIFE210
28209/18/1932Byron Bay, AustraliaNew England AirwaysDe Havilland DH-80VH-UPM330
28310/12/1932Port Etienne, MauritaniaAeropostaleLatecoere 28110
28410/26/1932Villa Monte, BoliviaLloyd Aero BolivianoFord Tri-motor 5220Former American army flyer Donald Duke was killed when his plane carrying Bolivian army supplies crashed.
28510/29/1932Ramsgate, EnglandDeutsche LufthansaJunkers W-33220The mail plane ditched into the English Channel after encountering 60 mile-an-hour gale force winds.
28611/02/1932Echterpfuhl, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaNuremberg - FrankfortJunkers F-13D-724696550Crashed into mountainous terrain in the Spessart mountains in fog.
28711/25/1932Marianna, ArkansasHunter AirwaysLittle Rock, AR - Memphis, TNTravel Air 6000220Became lost and circled until the plane struck an oak tree and crashed onto a island in the bayou.
28812/14/1932Amarillo, TexasTrans Continental and Western AirFord 5NC9650220The mail plane crashed in a snowstorm. The pilot died two days later from his injuries.
28912/14/1932Rocky Ridge, ColoradoBoeing Air TransportBoeing 40NC842M110
29012/26/1932Wau, AustraliaGuinea AirwaysDe Havilland DH-60VH-UMJ220
29101/10/1933AlgiersAeropostaleCAMS 53F-AISV110
29201/14/1933Newark, New JerseyEastern Air TransportTest flightCurtiss Condor 18NC185H220Went into a vertical bank and crashed and burned.
29301/20/1933Marietta, GeorgiaAmerican AirwaysStearman 4N490W110
29401/20/193302:07Bourne, TexasAmerican AirwaysBig Springs - San AntonioStearman 4NC11721110The pilot of the mail plane lost his bearings and crashed into the hillside in poor visibility.
29501/24/1933Eugene, OregonPacifiAir TransportFord 5-AT-DNC431H5-AT-098310The mail plane crashed while taking off.
29603/11/1933Near Mendoza, ArgentinaPan American Grace AirwaysMendoza, Argentina - Santiago, ChiliFairchild FC-2WNC9723220Crashed and burned.
29703/25/193320:07Hayward, CaliforniaVarney AirlinesBurbank - San FranciscoLockheed Orion 9NC122261843311The aircraft crashed into tops of two houses and smashed into a third, bursting into flames in heavy rain. An unusual and unforeseen condition of the weather developed its intensity in the immediate locality of the accident. The ceiling suddenly dropped as the plane approached its destination.
29803/28/193314:30Near Dixmude, BelgiumImperial AirwaysCologne, Germany - Croydon, EnglandArmstrong Whitworth Argosy IIG-AACIAW-36315150The airliner was crusing at about 4,000 feet when fire was observed coming out of its tail section. The pilot tried to make an emergency landing but the fuselage split in two causing the aircraft to crash and burn. Although never proven, this is thought to be the first airline disaster caused by an act of satotage. The fire was thought to have been started by a passenger in an attempt to commit suicide.
29904/03/1933Hemkenrode, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaJunkers F-13D-534210
30004/04/193312:30Off Barnegat, New JerseyMilitary - U.S. NavyGoodyear-Zeppelin U.S.S. Akron (airship)ZRS-476730While cruising at 1,600 feet off New Jersey, strong air currents droped the ship to 700 feet before leveling off. Before it could regain a safe height, it plummeted into the AtlantiOcean. Decision by the commander to fly into a storm despite the presence of lightning.
30104/23/1933Mt. Terrione, ItalyAir OrientCams 33F-ALCE29660Crashed into a mountain.
30204/29/1933Traunstein, GermanyEurasiaJunkers W-34D-42737440Crashed on a test flight before delivery to Eurasia in China.
30305/09/1933Viladrau, SpainAeropostale - La Tecoere CompanyParis - MorrocoLatecoere 28-1F-AJIX1701660Crashed while landing in fog.
30406/02/1933Bowling Green, VirginiaEastern Air TransportPitcairns PA-6110The mail plane crashed into a ravine.
30508/29/1933Quay, New MexicoTrans Continental and Western AirFord 5-AT-B Tri MotorNC96075-AT-005550Crashed during a storm while attempting to make an emergency landing.
30609/12/1933Ljubljana, YugoslaviaAeroputFarman F-306YU-SAH880Crashed during takeoff on the ground of an insane asylum.
30710/10/193321:00Chesterton, IndianaUnited Air LinesCleveland - ChicagoBoeing 247-DNC13304168510100While en route to Chicago, the aircraft was destroyed by an explosive device placed in the cargo hold, consisting of nitro-glycerin and attached to a timing device. This was the first proven case of sabotage in the history of commercial aviation.
30810/31/1933Etobon, FranceAir FranceFarman F-301F-AJMI220
30911/09/193322:35Portland, OregonUnited Air LinesSeattle, WA - Dallas, TXBoeing 247NC1334594Crashed in a thickly wooded area upon taking off after the pilot became lost in fog.
31011/10/1933Moriarty, New MexicoTrans Continental and Western AirNorthrop DeltaNC12292110
31111/20/1933Near Tsinan, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationCanton - ShanghiSinson88Crashed into the Chingshan mountain range in fog.
31211/21/193315:00Near Kharkov, Ukraine, USSRKalininTest flightKalinin K-720140Crashed due to structural failure during a test flight.
31311/24/1933Wedron, IllinoisNational Air TransportBoeing 247NC13324220
31412/11/1933Hamburg, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaBerlin - HamburgFocke-Wulf A-17D-140347870Crashed after striking an obstacle while landing in poor visibility.
31512/14/1933Eshowe, South AfricaUnion AirwaysJunkers W-34ZS-AEB2735640
31612/30/1933Near Ruysselede, BelgiumImperial AirwaysBrussels, Belgium - Croydon, EnglandAvro 10G-ABLU52810100Crashed into a radio antenna tower and tore off a wing in dense fog.
31701/15/193418:15Corbigny, FranceAir FranceSaigon - ParisDewoitine D-332F-AMMY0114140The aircraft crashed while en route in a severe snowstorm. Icing. The aircraft was named 'Emeraude.'
31801/20/1934Carombe, FranceAir FranceBreguet 280TF-AJKX220
31902/23/193402:00Near Salt Lake City, UtahBoeing Aircraft CompanySalt Lake City - CheyenneBoeing 247NC133571739880Crashed on top of Parley's canyon, 20 miles from Salt Lake City shortly after taking off for Cheyenne.
32002/26/1934Rio de Oro, MoroccoAir FranceLatécoère 28F-AJPA925610
32103/06/1934Petersburg, IllinoisAmerican AirwaysSt. Louis, MO - Chicago, ILFairchild Pilgrim 100ANC710Y6606440Crashed into a snow drift due to icing in a blizzard.
32203/10/1934Pereira, ColombiaPan American Airways (Scadta)Quiddo - CartagoSikorsky S-38 Flying BoatNC-9107650Scadta was a Pan Am subsidiary. It was operating a domestiflight, which crashed in the Colombian jungle, which was called 'Green Hell.' Five Goigira Indians, who were canoeing up the Uribe River, found pieces of clothing, and then dead bodies of five people from the crash, and the wreckage of the aircraft. They also found a man who was alive, but dazed, exhausted, half crazy and unable to speak. They carried him for seven days through the jungle to civilization. He later recovered, and his name was Newton C. Marshall, General Manager of South American Gold & Platinum Company. He was the only survivor.
32303/22/1934Near Lima, PeruPan American Grace AirlinesFord 5-AT-C Tri-MotorNC407H5-AT-0661530Crashed on take off due to engine failure.
32404/10/1934Ningpo Bay, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationSikorsky S-38BBNV17V330
32505/09/1934English ChannelAir FranceDieppe, France - New Haven, EnglandWibault 282T-12F-AMPH8660Crashed into the English Channel and sunk immedately in fog.
32605/31/193405:00Croydon, EnglandAir FranceCroydon, England - Paris, FranceLiore-et-Olivier 213F-AIVG220The cargo plane struck an aerial mast and crashed into houses while attempting to take off.
32706/09/1934Mongaup Mountain, New YorkAmerican AirwaysNew York - ChicagoCurtiss Condor T-32NC1235422770Crashed into Last Chance Hill in the Catskill Mountains at an altitude of 2,000 feet in fog and thunderstorms while en route.
32806/11/1934Junin, ArgentinaPanagraBuenos Aires - SantiagoFord 5-AT-C Tri-MotorNC84175-AT-0551050Crashed into Mar Chiquita Lagoon during a heavy rainstorm.
32906/22/1934Chausseehausen, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaDornier MerkurD-1445176710Weather related.
33006/23/193406:00Burbank, CaliforniaAerevias Centrales Air ServiceMexico - BurbankLockheed OrionXA-BEJ110Crashed while en route to pick up passengers. The plane crashed near a fire station in heavy fog and burst into flames killing the pilot.
33107/09/1934San Bernardino, CaliforniaUnited Air ServicesSan Bernardion - Los AngelesLockheed VegaNC32E430Failed to gain altitude and struck a grove of trees while attempting to take off. The plane came to rest in a watermelon patch.
33207/27/1934Near Tuttlingen, GermanySwissairCurtiss AT-32C CondorCH-1705312120The aircraft crashed during a violent storm near the Swiss - Germany border. The plane fell from a height of 3,000 feet, bursting into flames.
33308/05/1934Bahia, BrazilAir FranceLatecoere 26F-AILK220
33408/10/1934Ningbo, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationSikorsky S-38B
33508/31/193423:42Amazonia, MissouriRapid Air Transport6Omaha - St. JosephStinson SM-6000BNC108095004550The plane crashed about 11 miles from St. Joseph in heavy fog. Pilot error in taking off in dangerous weather conditions and turning too close the the ground in a fog-bound area. Inaccurate weather conditions reported to the pilot.
33610/03/1934Near Winton, AustraliaQantasde Havilland DH-50AVH-UHE330Crashed after in-flight loss of control, possibly stalled at low altitude in dusty low-visibility conditions
33710/19/1934Bass Strait, AustraliaHolyman AirwaysLaunceston - Melbournede Havilland DH-86VH-URN230111110Crashed en route during the 265 miles sea route.
33811/02/1934Kiapit, AustraliaHoldens Air Transport ServiceDe Havilland DH-61VH-UHW420
33911/15/1934Near Longreach, AustraliaQantasde Havilland DH-86VH-USG2311440Crashed on its delivery flight from England to Brisbane after in-flight loss of control, probably due to the type's design deficiencies.
34011/15/1934Near Longreach, NSW, AustraliaQantasde Havilland DH-86VH-USG2311440
34111/15/193400:00Amazonia, MontanaRapid Air TransportOmaha, NB - Kansas City, MOStinson SM-6000-BNC10809220The mail plane crashed and burned on a farm.
34212/07/1934Salchau, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaJunkers F-13D-OMAS2008330
34312/08/193405:30Columbia, MissouriBraniff AirlinesKansas City, MO - Chicago, ILLockheed Vega 5CNC106W110The mail plane crashed to the ground from a low altitude. Icing.
34412/10/193407:30Palma Soriano, CubaCubana de AviacionSantiago - HavanaFord 4-AT-E Tri-motorNM-74-AT-63840Crashed into a mountain while en route.
34512/20/193402:30Rutbah Wells, SyriaKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesAmsterdam - Batavia, JavaDouglas DC-2-115APH-AJU1317770Crashed and burned about half-way between Baghdad and Gaza. The aircraft was named 'Univer' (Dutch word for stork).
34612/22/193402:52Sunbright, TennesseeAmerican AirlinesLouisville, KY - Nashville, TNLockheed Orion 9DNC12286110Crashed into Big Pilot mountain, 50 feet from the top of the summit, four miles from Sunbright, in poor visibility.
34701/26/1935Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaTrans Continental and Western AirNewark, NJ - Columbus, OHConsolidated FleetsterNC13212110The mail plane crashed and burned soon after taking off in a blinding snowstorm.
34801/31/1935Stettin, GermanyDeruluftKoenigberg - BerlinJunkers JU-52/3mD-AREN405111110Crashed full speed into a hill, 450 feet high in rain and fog. Pilot error.
34903/07/1935Schievelbein, GermanyDeruluftRochrbach RolandD-AJYP4530Fuselage failure.
35003/15/1935El Arish, EgyptMisrairJerusalem - Cairode Havilland Dragon 1SU-ABI6031630After flying over the airport into a strong headwind, in an attempt to land, one of the aircraft's two engines failed. While attempting to return to the airport the pilot headed into the strong wind and lost airspeed until he stalled and crashed from a height of 100 - 130 feet.
35103/29/1935Off Samland, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaJunkers F-13D-OHIL550
35204/01/1935Beauvais, FranceAir FranceFarman F-300F-ALHQ310Chief pilot of Air France, Robert Bajac, 36, killed.
35304/06/1935Brilon, GermanyKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesPraha, Czechoslovakia - Amsterdam, NetherlandsFokker F-12PH-AFL5242770Crashed after penetrating a thunderstorm.
35405/01/1935Near Walsenberg, ColoradoVarney Air LinesLockheed VegaNC891E110Crashed at Rattlesnake Butte after the plane lost engine power. James Montijo, 40, the man who taught Amelia Earhart to fly, killed.
35505/06/193503:30Atlanta, MissouriTrans Continental and Western Air6Los Angeles - Albuquerque - Kanasas City - WashingtonDouglas DC-2-112NC1378512951450The plane crashed while en route from Albuquerque to Kansas City. After encountering fog and poor visibility, the plane was diverted to Kirksville where witnesses reported the low flying aircraft made contact with the ground and crashed. Whether the plane struck the ground while the pilot was attempting to make an emergency landing or because the available fuel supply had been exhausted, or for other reasons, could not be determined. New Mexico Senator Bronson M. Cutting, 46, killed. Improper clearance of the airplane from Albuquerque by the company's ground personnel when the plane's two-way radio was not functioning properly.
35605/18/193518:35Flint, MichiganKnowles Flying Service of DetroitSightseeingFord model 4-AT-EWC-78644-AT-491230While on a sightseeing trip, the plane ran out of fuel and crashed. Carelessness and negligence on the part of the pilot for not replenishing his fuel supply before it got dangerously low and poor judgment on his part for attempting to return to the airport when there was open terrain ahead of him. Many passengers did not use their seatbelts nor were they instructed in their use.
35705/18/193500:45Near Moscow, RussiaGor'ky Eskadril'yaDemonstrationTupolev ANT-20 / I-5CCCP-I2050502Midair collision with an I-5 fighter at 2,300 ft. The fighter was performing aerobatics trying to loop around the Tupolev. The plane crashed into a residental neighborhood and was on its maiden flight. The plane was nicknamed 'Maxim Gorky.' Pilot error. Forty-nine killed on the Tupolev, one on the I-5
35805/27/1935Glendo, WyomingWyoming Air ServiceBoeing 221NC725W110
35905/28/1935Maywood, IllinoisChicago and Southern AirlinesChicago - St. LouisStinson SM6000B Tri-motorNC10894220Crashed into the ground on a farm at high speed.
36005/29/1935San Barbra, Honduras960Crashed into the Ulua River.
36106/24/193514:36Medellin, ColombiaServicio Aereo Columbiano / SCADTAFord Tri-Motor / Ford Tri-MotorC-31 / F-315-AT-112/5-AT-00620170A collision occurred between the two Ford Tri-Motors as one was barely off the ground and one was still on the ground at Olaya Herrera Airfield. The accident was officially attributed to wind sheer or the one aircraft being blown into the other aircraft as it took off. Rivalry among the two pilots may have played a part in the accident as one pilot had buzzed the other four days before the accident.. Actor, singer, Carlos Gardel, 44, and his lyricist Alfredo Le Pera, 35, among those killed.
36207/14/1935Amsterdam, NetherlandsKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesAmsterdam - SwedenFokker F-XXIIPH-AQJ53582060The plane lost altitude while attempting an emergency landing after taking off and losing an engine. The wing hit a dyke and the plane burst into flames.
36307/19/193514:20Off Chandeleur Island, MississippiWedell-Williams Air Service CorporationNew Orleans, LA - Mobile, ALGeneral 102-ENC-492K220The plane deviated from its course and flew 20 miles off shore and crashed. Cause unknown.
36407/20/1935Pian Giacomo, SwitzerlandKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesMilan, Italy - AmsterdamDouglas DC-2PH-AKG133513130Crashed into a mountain near St. Bernard Pass in Switzerland. Mountains obscured by clouds.
36508/13/1935Hangow, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationSikorsky S-38BNV40VDestoryed in a storm.
36608/14/193523:45Near Gilmer, TexasDelta Air Lines4Dallas - AtlantaStinson Model ANC145999103440Crashed 3 miles south of Gilmer. The outboard engine separated from the aircraft after a propeller blade broke off resulting in an imbalanced condition which led to loss of control of the aircraft.
36708/15/193520:08Near Glendo, WyomingAero Mayflower Transit CoHelena - DenverWaco, model YLCNC14140330The plane flew into a mountain 43 miles West of Glendo in heavy fog. Against advice to the contrary, the pilot decided to fly a direct route to Denver rather than go around, following the valleys and airways used by other pilots. The direct route took him across some of the most dangerous flying country in the west.
36808/15/193520:18Walakpa, near Point Barrow, AlaskaPrivateLockheed Orion 9E Explorer float planeNR12283195220Dense fog caused the pilot to make a forced landing about 15 miles south of Point Barrow. After some mechanical repairs, the plane took off, rose to about 50 feet and then crashed into shallow water. Loss of control of the aircraft at a low altitude after sudden engine failure due to the extreme nose-heaviness of the aircraft. Adventurer, Wiley Post, 37, and humorist, Will Rogers, 56, killed. Most experts believe that a combination of miscalculations in the design and operation of the heavily customized aircraft resulted in the uncontrollable spin that occurred right after takeoff.
36909/01/193523:00Burbank, CaliforniaWestern Air ExpressBurbank, CA - Salt Lake City, UTBoeing 247NC13314330Lost altitude and hit power lines after developing engine trouble after taking off.
37010/02/1935Off Finders Island, Victoria, AustraliaHolyman Airwaysde Havilland DH-86VH-URT2312550
37110/07/193502:19Near Cheyenne, WyomingUnited Air Lines4Salt Lake City - CheyenneBoeing 247DNC13317169812120While flying in a normal, slightly descending path, the aircraft first collided with the ground just a few feet below the top of a small knoll tearing out both engines and engine nacelles. It then rebounded and continued through the air for a distance of 1,120 feet, where it came to rest. Error on the part of the pilot in executing an abrupt maneuver with insufficient altitude for safety and failure of the pilot to maintain proper control of the aircraft during this maneuver.
37210/09/1935Gulf of FinlandAero O-YJunkers F-13OH-ALI2033660Crashed into the sea in the fog.
37310/21/1935Troy, New YorkChamberlin Flying ServiceCurtiss AT-32C CondorNC725K610The plane lost the left engine shortly after taking off. The pilot tried to make an emergency landing but was caught in a downdraft and the plane crashed.
37410/30/193519:40Cheyenne, WyomingUnited Air LinesTest flightBoeing B-247-DNC133231704440Crashed into a hill in poor weather conditions 5 miles south of Cheyenne. Test flight. Poor judgment by the pilot for executing an abrupt maneuver with insufficient altitude for safety and failure of the pilot to maintain proper control of the aircraft during this maneuver.
37511/02/1935Off Nhambupe, BrazilAir FranceBahia - AracajuLatécoère 28-1F-AJIQ906440The postal plane crashed at Atalaya Beach.
37611/09/1935Near Juticalpa, HondurasTACAFord Tri-Motor14140
37711/09/193504:40Near Fort Worth, TexasBraniff AirlinesDallas - WacoLockheed VegaNC980Y110Plunged to the ground thirty minutes after leaving Fort Worth. Tried to return to Dallas airport due to inclement weather.
37811/11/1935Istres, FranceAir FranceLatecoere 28F-AJPB330
37912/04/1935Tours, FranceAir BleuCaudron C-630 SimounF-ANRK210
38012/10/1935Croydon, EnglandSabenaBrussels, Belgium - Croydon, EnglandSavoia-Marchetti SM73OO-AGN3000211110Crashed to the ground after crossing the English Channel in rain and gale force winds.
38112/24/1935Breslau, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaHeinkel He-70D-UVOR915330Pilot error.
38212/31/193517:20Off Alexandria, EgyptImperial AirwaysMirabella - AlexandriaShort CalcuttaG-AASJS-75213120The aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed off Alexandria. The plane was named 'The City of Khartoum.'
38301/14/193619:32Goodwin, ArkansasAmerican Airlines1Newark, NJ - Fort Worth, TXDouglas DC-2-120NC14274130717170Flew into trees and disintegrated. The cause of the crash could not be determined. Possible causes include, passenger interference, one fuel tank running dry, flying too low and the co-pilot alone at the controls.
38401/17/1936Near Cordillera, BolivaLloyd Aereo BolivianoCochabamba - La PazJunkers JU-52401813130Crashed in the Tapacari swamps, 23 miles from Chochabanba.
38501/21/1936Off Ajaccio, Corsica, FranceAir FranceMarseille - TunisCAMS 53F-AJIR19660Vanished off the coast of Corsica after sending a distress call that the engine had failed.
38601/29/1936Denton, TexasAmerican AirlinesChicago, IL - Oklahoma City, OKVultee V-1NC1376705610Crashed into a clump of trees while attempting a landing in a snowstorm.
38702/15/1936South AtlantiOceanDeutsche LufthansaNatal, Brazil - Bathhurst, GambiaDormier Do-J-Iif Bos WalD-ADYS229440The mail plane disappeared while en route.
38803/05/1936Near Tengya, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationFord 5-AT-D Tri-Motor600Crash landed in mountains during a snowstorm.
38903/26/1936Amemeca, MexicoCompania de MexicoMexico - GuatemalaFord 5-AT-B Tri MotorX-ABCO5-AT-11514140Crashed into mountains and caught fire. The plane was carrying mainly German tourists.
39004/01/193619:10Pavillon, New YorkAmerican AirlinesNewwark, N.J. - Buffalo, NYStinson Model ANC15152220The mail plane explosion in mid-air before crashing to the ground in a snowstorm.
39104/07/193610:20Uniontown, PennsylvaniaTrans Continental and Western Air1Newark - Los AngelesDouglas DC-2-112NC13721124715130Crashed into Chestnut Ridge in fog. The poor judgment on the part of the pilot for flying by visual ground observation methods after having descended through the clouds and overcast in mountainous terrain at a point unknown to him. Because of clouds and poor visibility, this required flying close to the ground whereas the safest method under such circumstances was to climb into or above the overcast to a safe altitude and determine the location of the plane by instruments and radio.
39204/11/193605:20Port of Spain, TrinidadPan American AirwaysMiami - Rio de JaneiroSikorsky S-42ANC15372530Crashed while taking off after the plane hit a boat . The aircraft was shipped to Miami and repaired. One of the injured passengers was Jose Iturbi, well known conductor and pianist.
39304/15/1936Near Turin, ItalyAvio Linee ItalianeTurin - MilanOFM F-VIIb/3mI-AAXZ359770Crashed on the slopes of Mount Basso, 20 miles from Turin.
39404/17/1936SwitzerlandDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52D-ASOR530
39504/21/1936Senlis, FranceSabenaFokker F-VIIOO-AIF220
39604/30/1936Basel, SwitzerlandSwissairGeneral Aviation GA-43HB-ITU220
39705/16/1936Mount Waverley, AustraliaHolyman AirwaysDe Havilland DH-60VH-UII220
39806/09/1936Malmo, SwedenA B AerotransportMalmo - AmsterdamFokker F-XXIISE-ABA1510All four motors of the aircraft quit while taking off. The pilot attempted to land but crashed into a house. First fatal aviation accident in Sweden.
39906/13/1936Hannover, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-160D-UPYM4211610Engine failure.
40006/16/1936Mt. Lihesten, NorwayDen Norske LuftfartskoleBergen - TrondheimJunkers JU-52/3mLN-DAE4077770Crashed into the side of a mountain in fog.
40107/31/1936Off Channel Islands, JerseyGuernsey AirwaysGuernsey - JerseySaro CloudG-ABXWA-19/4770Crashed into the sea.
40208/02/193606:00Mazamet, FranceAir FranceWibault 280330The mail plane crashed into mountains 50 miles from Toulouse in fog.
40308/03/1936MexicoMexicanaLockheed OrionXA-BAY110
40408/05/193622:00St. Louis, MissouriChicago Southern Airlines4New Orleans - ChicagoLockheed 10B ElectraNC16022880Crashed while attempting to take off from Lambert Field. The making of a turn at an extremely low altitude, for reasons unknown, in which the wing of the airplane unintentionally contacted the ground.
40508/06/1936Choco, ColombiaSCADTAJunkers F-13C-40220
40608/12/1936Altenkirchen, GermanyBritish AirwaysDe Havilland DH-86G-ADEB220
40708/22/1936Mirabella, GreeceImperial AirwaysShort KentG-ABFA1120
40809/25/1936English ChannelImperial AirwaysBoulton and Paul P-71G-ACOX220
40909/28/1936Walsenberg, ColoradoVarney Air LinesEl Paso, TX - Pueblo, COLockheed VegaNC176W330Crashed in a snowstorm after the pilot cut the motor and the plane crashed into a hill.
41009/29/1936Napierville, IllinoisBlue Bird Air ServiceLockheed Vega 5CNC959Y170440A half-hour after taking off, the engine failed and the plane crashed into a fence and burst into flames while making a forced landing.
41110/06/1936MexicoMexicanaLockheed OrionXA-BDH110
41210/09/1936North Sea Aerial and General TransportBlackburn B-2G-ABWI110
41311/01/1936Near Tabarz, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaFrankfurt - ErfurtJunkers JU-52D-APOO550615110Caught fire as the airliner struck the side of a hill.
41411/06/1936Near MoscowDeruluftAntonov AN-9CCCP-D311990Pilot error.
41511/17/1936Nurnberg, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52/3mD-ASUI54981640Pilot error.
41611/19/1936London, EnglandBritish AirwaysFokker F-XIIG-AEOT420
41712/04/1936Near Grenoble, FranceDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52/3mD-ASIH5078660Crashed into the French Alps in high winds.
41812/07/193610:47Off Dakar, French West AfricaAir FranceLatécoère 300F-AKGF1550Aviator Jean Mermoz killed. The last message from the aviator was 'we have switched off the rear engine.' The plane and crew of four were never found.
41912/09/193610:30Croydon, EnglandKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesCroydon - AmsterdamDouglas DC-2-115EPH-AKL135817150The aircraft crashed into houses while attempting to take off in heavy fog. A stewardess and the radio operator survived. Aircraft designer Juan de la Cieva killed.
42012/15/193603:14Near Salt Lake City, UtahWestern Air Express6Burbank - Las Vegas - Salt Lake CityBoeing 247DNC133701957770Crashed into Lone Peak while attempting to land at Salt Lake. Inability of the pilots to identify the south leg of the Salt Lake radio range due to a local staticondition which rendered both range receivers in the airplane inoperative.
42112/18/193603:20Kellogg, IdahoNorthwest Orient AirlinesLockheed 10 ElectraNC14935220The mail plane crashed into Early Creek Ridge, 15 miles south of Kellogg, in a blizzard.
42212/19/193620:47Near Milford, PennsylvaniaEastern Air Lines14Miami, FL - Charleston, SC - Newark, NJDouglas DC-2-112NC13732125814140Crashed into trees in poor weather while attempting to land at Newark. Error on the part of the pilot for attempting to get down under the overcast without first definitely proving his position. Improper dispatching for clearing the flight into an area of predicted bad weather, particularly when the area cleared through did not permit a safe return, and staticonditions encountered which rendered reception of the radio range signals over the airplane's range receivers unintelligible.
42312/23/1936Near Dallas, TexasBraniff AirwaysTest flightLockheed 10 ElectraNC149051018660After an attempted go-around the right engine failed and the plane crashed and burst into flames into a corn field..
42412/26/1936Nanking, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationDouglas DC-2NC14269
42512/27/193619:38Newhall, CaliforniaUnited Air Lines34Oakland - San Francisco - Los AngelesBoeing 247-DNC13355173712120While on approach to Burbank Airport, the airliner crashed into Rice Canyon, just south of Newhall. It was raining with poor visibility. The aircraft flew into a hill loosing its wings, continued without wings across Rice Canyon and struck against a rocky wall of a bluff and dropped over a hundred feet to the bottom of the canyon. Error on the part of the pilot in attempting to fly through the Newhall pass at an altitude lower than the surrounding mountains without first determining by radio, the existing weather.
42601/12/193711:07Near Newhall, CaliforniaWestern Air Express7Salt Lake City - BurbankBoeing 247BNC1331516961350The aircraft crashed into Pinetos Peak, 4 miles southeast of Newhall while attempting to land at Burbank Airport in fog and rain. The pilot descended to a dangerously low altitude without positive knowledge of his position. African explorer, Martin Johnson, 52, killed. Johnson suffered a fractured skull in the crash and died the next day in a hospital.
42701/26/1937Oran, AlgeriaSabenaBelgian Congo - BrusselsSabca S-73OO-AGR12120The mail plane crashed while en route.
42802/09/193720:50Off San Francisco, CaliforniaUnited Air Lines23Los Angeles - San Francisco - OaklandDouglas DC-3ANC16073191311110The aircraft crashed into San Francisco Bay, approximately 2 miles offshore, while on approach. The accidental jamming of the elevator controls as the result of the co-pilot's microphone being inadvertently dropped and lodged between the elevator control column and the seat rail in such a way that the crew was unable to prevent rapid descent of the airplane. First accident involving a DC-3.
42902/19/193713:40McPherson Ranges, Queensland, AustraliaAirlines of AustraliaBrisbane - SidneyStinson Model AVH-UHH1926750
43003/12/1937Bathurst, GambiaDeutsche LufthansaLas Palmas, Canary Islands - Bathhurst, GambiaHeinkel He-111V2D-ALIX715440The German mail plane crashed into a swamp.
43103/24/1937Near Ouroux, FranceImperial AirwaysSouthhampton, England - Alexandria, EgyptShort S-23 (flying boat)G-ADVAS-818650Crashed into a mountainside in a snowstorm.
43203/25/193718:40Clifton, PennsylvaniaTrans Continental and Western Air15ANewark - Camden - PittsburgDouglas DC-2-112NC13730125613130Crashed while attempting to land. Heavy icing which rendered the plane uncontrollable.
43303/26/1937Wetnum, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52/3mD-UPOZ4207620Engine failure.
43405/06/193719:25Lakehurst, New JerseyDeutsche Zeppelin ReedereiLZ 129Frankfurt - Lakehurst N.J.Zeppelin LZ-129D-LZ-129D-LZ12997351The airship Hindenburg caught fire and burned while being moored at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Possible causes were statidischarge which ignited leaking hydrogen or sabotage. It has been theorized that a sudden turn just before landing caused a steel cable to snap which punctured one of the hydrogen airbags. Thereafter, when mooring ropes were dropped to the ground, the cage was discharged setting up a statidischarge between the Hindenburg's outer skin and frame causing the hydrogen to ignite.
43505/20/1937Stuttgart, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaHeinkel He-70D-UXUV916440Crashed on takeoff.
43607/02/1937Off Lae, New GuineaPrivate - Purdue Reasearch FoundationLae - Howland IslandLockheed 10E ElectraNR160201055220The plane disappeared while en route from Lae to Howland Island. The aircraft had to be flown higher than expected due to storms which used extra fuel. In addition, strong head winds were encountered. The aircraft most likely ran out of fuel and ditched into the ocean 50 to 100 miles northwest of Howland Island. Amelia Earhart, 40, and navigator Fred Noonan, killed.
43707/28/1937Hal, BelgiumKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesAmsterdam - ParisDouglas DC-2-115LPH-ALF158515150The aircraft crashed into a potato field after possibly being struck by lightning and after an in-flight fire.
43808/02/1937Wadi Halfa, SudanAla LittoriaRome, Italy - KartoumSavoia-Marchetti SM73I-SUSA30014990Crashed into a building on takeoff.
43908/03/1937Off Cristobal, PanamaPan American Grace AirwaysSantiago, Chili - Cristobal, PanamaSikorsky S-43NC15065430514140The flying boat plunged into the ocean 20 miles off of Cristobal. The plane probably struck the water at high speed and was destroyed by an immediate explosion and fire.
44008/08/193710:50Chilang Point, Bias Bay, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationCanton - ShanghiSikorsky S-431130Forced to ditch into the sea due to bad weather. One wing broke off due to high waves and 8 passengers hung on to the remaining wing until rescued.
44108/10/193704:40Daytona Beach, FloridaEastern Air Lines7Chicago - DaytonaDouglas DC-2NC-137391289940The plane struck a power pole while taking off from Daytona and crashed to the ground 600 feet from the first point of impact. The absence of reasonable notice to those operating and navigating the aircraft that an object had been erected which constituted a hazard to the aircraft taking off.
44208/23/1937San Luis, ArgentinaPan American Grace AirwaysMendosa - CordobaDouglas DC-2NC14298330Crashed and burned in dense fog while enroute.
44308/27/1937Wau, AustraliaGuinea AirwaysStinson SR-7 ReliantVH-URC210
44403/23/1938Corsavy, FranceAir FranceDewoitine D-338F-AQBB02880The mail plane crashed into the Pyrenees mountains while en route.
44510/01/1937Phaleron Bay, GreeceImperial AirwaysAlexandria, Egypt - Athens, GreeceShort Empire Flying BoatG-ADVC1420Crashed as it landed in Phaleron Bay. Two passengers drowned. Poor visibility was blamed for the accident.
44610/06/1937Palembang, Netherlands IndiesKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesDouglas DC-3PH-ALS540Bronislaw Hubermann, celibrated Polish violinist was sightly injured.
44710/17/193721:00Haydens Peak, WyomingUnited Air Lines1Cheyenne - Salt Lake CityDouglas DC-3NC16074191419190The plane crashed into the side of a mountain (Humpy Ridge) in level flight at 10,000 ft. under adverse weather conditions. Staticonditions encountered in the last portion of the flight which rendered the reception of radio range signals unintelligible. The continuation of the flight into mountainous country at an altitude below of higher mountains without the aid of ground visibility or radio signals to definitely identify position. A change in the weather caused by the approach of an unpredicted cold front.
44811/12/1937Mannheim, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaBerlin - MannheimHeinkel He-111D-AXAV183012100Hit the ground prematurely while attempting to land.
44911/16/1937Ostende, BelgiumSabenaCologne - Brussels - LondonJunkers JU-52/3mOO-AUB582711110
45011/26/1937Croydon, LondonDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52D-AGAV330
45112/05/193709:00Brindisi Harbor, ItalyImperial AirwaysIndia - LondonShort Empire Flying BoatG-ADUZ1920The flying boat crashed while attempting to take off. The aircraft was named Cygnus.
45212/08/1937Saint Sauveur, FranceAir FrancePotez 621F-AOTZ4213720Crashed in poor weather conditions.
45312/24/193717:30Kasperske Hory, CzechoslovakiaAir FranceBucharest - Vienna - Prague - ParisWibault 283-T12F-AMYD11330The plane was 10 minutes from landing at Vienna when it was told to change course by the Prague airport controller. The change took the plane into mountainous terrain in snowy conditions. The plane impacted Hutska Hora mountain at an alitiude of 3,300 feet. The cause was never determined. Possibly a naviational error or for political reasons.
45401/04/1938Frankfurt, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaMilan, Italy - Frankfurt, GermanyJunkers JU-52/3mD-ABUR5777660Icing on the wing caused the plane to crash close to the plane's destination.
45501/10/193815:07Bozeman, MontanaNorthwest Orient Airlines2Seattle - Billings - ChicagoLockheed 14H Super ElectraNC-17388140710100The aircraft crashed 12 miles northeast of Bozeman after experiencing structural failure of the tail. There was severe turbulence reported in the area at the time of the accident. The structural failure of the upper vertical fins and rudders due to flutter 'natural resonance, or period of vibration' which resulted in the separation of the rudder and fins and loss of control of the aircraft.
45601/11/193819:40Pago Pago, U.S. SamoaPan American World Airways1Honolulu - Pago Pago - AucklandSikorsky S-42 (flying boat)NC167344207770The aircraft exploded in mid-air as the crew attempted to dump fuel for an emergency landing at Pago Pago. Neither the plane or six crew members were ever found. The aircraft was named 'Samoan Clipper.' Pan American's first pilot, Captain Edwin C. Musick, killed.
45701/12/1938North Pine, Ontario, CanadaGeneral AirwaysSioux Lookout - HudsonStinson ReliantCF-BEI110Crashed in rugged terrain while en route.
45802/02/193820:40Off San Clemente Island, CaliforniaMilitary - U.S. Navy / Military - U.S. NavyConsolidated PBY-2 / Consolidated PBY-204062 / 046314110The two aircraft crashed in mid-air in heavy rain and darkness and crashed into the sea.
45902/05/1938Kandalaksha, RussiaTsAGIMoscow - MurmanskV6 (airship)CCCP-V619130The airship crashed while on a trial flight in preparation of rescuing Russian scientists on an ice floe in Greenland. The airship crashed into the side of a mountain.
46002/09/1938Marseille, FranceAir FranceMarseille, France - Ajaccio, CorsicaLioré-et-Olivier H-242F-ANPB051280The flying boat struck the breakwater at 60 miles an hour and burst into flames while attempting to take off.
46102/09/1938Guadalupe, MexicoMexicanaTest flightLockheed 10 ElectraXA-BAS220Crashed on a second test flight.
46202/22/1938Pontoise, FranceDeutsche LufthansaBerlin, Germany - Paris, FranceJunkers JU.52D-APAR330Crashed in fog within a few miles of it's destination near Bourget Airport.
46303/01/193821:30Near Wawona, CailiforniaTrans Continental and Western Air8San Francisco - BurbankDouglas DC-2-112NC137891299990Crashed into the high Sierra after encountering a severe weather front while en route. The pilot radioed that ice was forming on the DC-2's wings as it neared the Tehachapi Mountains near Bakersfield and that he was turning back towards the north to land at Fresno. The aircraft sheared off the tops of pine trees and crashed 200 feet below a summit. The wreckage was not found until 6/12/38.
46403/07/1938Datia, IndiaAir FranceHanoi, Vietnam - Paris, FrancePotez 621F-ANQR4031/12770Crashed and burst into flames shortly after taking off from Dum Dum.
46503/08/1938Somerton, AustraliaAustralian National AirwaysDe Havilland DH-60VH-UNU110
46604/12/1938Near Formia, ItalyAla LittoriaJunkers JU-52I-BAUS406319190Crashed into mountains.
46705/05/1938Balbuena, MexicoLineas Aéreas MinerasMexico City - JuarezLockheed Vega 5BXA-BFR124610Crashed en route
46805/10/1938Mangere, New ZealandUnited Airways of New ZealandLockheed 10 ElectraZK-AFC220
46905/16/193802:07Near Saugus, CaliforniaNorthwest Orient AirlinesBurbank,- St. PaulLockheed 14-H2 Super ElectraNC173941439990Struck Stroh peak at 3,300 feet in Mint Canyon, 27 minutes after taking off from Burbank Airport. The aircraft struck a ridge, bounded over a ravine and struck a second ridge, broke up and burst into flames.
47005/22/193813:40Sao Paulo, BrazilCruzeiro do SulJunkers JU-52/3mPP-CBC54531720The mail plane crashed while taking off.
47105/24/193822:17Cleveland, OhioUnited Air Lines9Newark - Cleveland - ChicagoDouglas DST-A-207ANC18108195610100An uncontrollable fire developed in the right engine and the pilot decided to make an emergency landing rather than try to reach Cleveland Airport. The plane struck trees in level flight 8.5 miles east of Cleveland Airport. A fire in the right engine accessory section which resulted from the failure of a cylinder barrel and was fed from the right engine oil supply.
47205/27/1938GermanyDeutsche LufthansaHeinkel 116D-ATIO330
47305/27/1938Alberno Canal, BC, CanadaGinger Coote AirwaysFairchild 51CF-AUX110
47406/08/1938TanganyikaWilson AirwaysDe Havilland DH-85VP-KBE330
47506/19/1938Mount Mercedario, ChilePan American Grace AirwaysDouglas DC-2NC14272440An hour after leaving Santiago, radio contact with the flight was lost, as it had crashed in the high Andes. It was not found until February 1941, by indians, who plundered the aircraft and the dead passengers looking for valuables.
47607/08/193802:56Billings, MontanaNorthwest Orient Airlines4Seattle - ChicagoLockheed 14 Super ElectraNC1738310100While taking off from Billings, the airplane left the ground in a stalled condition from which the pilot attempted to recover by use of full emergency power. Emergency power was not available because of improper adjustment of the stop which had been placed on the quadrant of the propeller pitch control levers, preventing the levers from going to the full low pitch position. As a result of the stalled condition, the airplane fell off on the right wing and crashed at a point 1,100 feet beyond the NE runway, the pilot having cut the switch just prior to the impact.
47707/14/1938Off Sardinia, ItalyAla LittoriaCagliari - RomeSavoia Marchetti S-66I-VOLO1501320200The flying boat crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea after the collapse of a wing.
47807/22/1938Stulpica, RomaniaLOT Polish AirlinesWarsaw, Poland - Bucharest, RomaniaLockheed 14H Super ElectraSP-BNG143214140Crashed after being struck by lightning.
47907/24/193813:00Near Bogota ColombiaMilitary - Colombian ArmyCurtiss-Wright Hawk1152One aircraft from a squadron performing aerobatics before a large crowd crashed into the grandstands. A gust of wind caused the aircraft to lose control during a looping maneuver.
48007/27/1938Kisumu, KenyaImperial AirwaysKisumu - AlexandriaArmstrong-Withworth AtlantaG-ABTGAW-785440Flew into a hillside soon after takeoff from Kisumu. The ship was named 'Amalthea.'
48107/29/193804:11PacifiOcean between Manila and GuamPan American World Airways229Alameda - ManilaMartin M-130 (flying boat)NC1471455615150The plane crashed into the ocean while en route between Guam and Manilla. The last known position was 12.27 N, 130.40 W or 582 nm east southeast of Manila at 04:00 GCT. Cause unknown. The plane may have been hijacked by the Japanese and flown to Truk Island where the crew and passengers were murdered. The aircraft was named 'Hawaii Clipper.'
48208/10/1938Shishijima, JapanDai NipponDouglas DF-151J-ANES660
48308/10/1938Debrecen, HungaryFord Tri-motor12120The plane was carrying Hungarian journalists.
48408/13/1938Kiel, GermanyCSA Czech AirlinesPrague - Paris, FranceSavoia-Marchetti SM73OK-BAG17160Crashed into the Black Forest mountains in poor weather conditions. One stewardess survived.
48508/15/1938Guanabara, BrazilSyndicato CondorGuanabara - VictoriaJunkers JU-52/3mPP-CAT4024990Flew into a mountain wave after taking off, went into a dive and crashed into Guanabara Bay.
48608/18/1938Bucharest, RomaniaLOT Polish AirlinesLockheed 14 ElectraSP-BNJ1424770Caught fire after a ground looping.
48708/18/1938Montnago, ItalyMacchiSightseeingMacchi C-94I-NILO9400113130The sea plane crashed shortly after taking off.
48808/24/193808:00Wangmoon, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationHong Kong - ChungkingDouglas DC-232136917140While en route from Hong Kong to Chungking, the aircraft was shot down by Japanese military fighters. The aircraft was named Kweilin.
48908/29/1938Innisfail, AustraliaNorth Queensland AirwaysDe Havilland DH-84VH-UXK950Crashed into a cane field while attempting to land when the pilot swerved to avoid a tractor.
49010/01/1938Off Bathurst, GambiaDeutsche LufthansaDornier DO.18440
49110/01/1938Grisons, SwitzerlandDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52/3mD-AVFB592813130Missing. One postal bag found in a glacier.
49210/10/1938Soest, GermanySabenaBrussells - BerlinSavbia-Marchetti S-73POO-AGT20200The aircraft broke-up in midair and crashed to the ground.Airport.
49310/25/1938Mt. Dandenong, AustraliaAustralian National AirwaysAdelaide - MelbourneDouglas DC-2-112VH-UYC156618180Crashed into Mt. Daodenong while en route
49411/02/1938Somerset, EnglandBritish AirwaysLockheed 14 ElectraCF-TCL220
49511/04/193810:50Channel Islands, JerseyJersey AirwaysChannel Islands - Southhamptonde Havilland DH-86G-ACZN231614141Caught fire and crashed into a field two minutes after taking off. A farm worker was crushed to death when the wreckage landed on him.
49611/14/193818:41Schiphol, AmsterdamKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesBerlin-AmsterdamDouglas DC-3PH-ARY20211960The aircraft flew into the ground during approach in poor visibility. The first officer was commander of the military flying school Soesterberg.
49711/18/193800:51Regina, Saskatchewan, CanadaTrans Canada Air LinesWinnipeg - Regina - VancouverLockheed 14 ElectraCF-TCL220The mail plane crashed several minutes after taking off from Regina
49811/26/1938Bathurst, GambiaDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU90V2D-AIVI491415110During takeoff the aircraft hit a palm tree and burst into flames due to engine failure.
49911/27/1938Bagdad, IraqImperial AirwaysShort Empire Flying BoatG-AETW640The flying boat crashed on Lake Ramadi.
50011/29/193805:30Off Point Reyes, CaliforniaUnited Air Lines6Medford - OaklandDouglas DC 3-A-SB-3-G-14NC160661907770The aircraft ran out of fuel and ditched into the ocean. Failure of the pilot to definitely establish the position of the aircraft through standard orientation procedures within a reasonable time after intersecting a leg of the Oakland radio range and of Company flight dispatchers, charged with the responsibilities of directing the operation of the trip, to properly safeguard the flight, resulting in forced landing of the aircraft at sea due to exhausted fuel supply.
50112/08/1938Off Kubashima, JapanJapan Aviation CorporationNakajima DC-212100Crashed into the sea near Okinawa due to engine failure.
50212/09/1938Amsterdam, NetherlandsKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesInstructional FlightLockheed 14-WF62 Super ElectraPH-APE1413440Struck a dyke near Schiphol Airport and caught fire while taking off.
50312/12/1938Darwin, AustraliaQantasShort S23 ‘C’ Class flying boatG-AEUH13130Shot down by Japanese aircraft. Owned by Imperial Airways and operated by Qanta
50401/07/1939Paris, FranceSwissairZurich - Geneva - ParisDouglas DC-2-115BHB-ITA1329950The aircraft crashed while attempting to land.
50501/13/193921:15Miles City, MontanaNorthwest Orient Airlines1Chicago - SeattleLockheed 14-H Super ElectraNC173891408440The aircraft crashed 2,650 feet past the runway boundry after taking off. A fire of considerable intensity developed, prior to the crash, in the cockpit of the aircraft, in the immediate vicinity of the gasoline cross-feed valve. It was not possible to determine the exact origin and source of the fire.
50601/13/1939Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSyndicato CondorJunkers JU-52/3mPP-CAY4042990The seaplane crashed in flames in mountains northeast of Rio de Janeiro.
50701/18/1939Katherine, AustraliaGuinea AirwaysKatherine - AdelaideLockheed 14 ElectraVH-ABI440Crashed into the Katherine River during a storm.
50801/21/193912:30AtlantiOcean between N.Y. and BermudaImperial AirwaysNew York City - BermudaShort S-23 (flying boat)G-ADUUS-8121330While en route, the aircraft ditched, broke in two and sank in the AtlantiOcean, 285 miles SE of Long Island New York. Complete loss of power to the two inner engines and partial loss of power to the two outer engines due to carburetor icing. The aircraft was named Cavalier.
50902/24/1939Mediterranean SeaDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52/3mD-ALUS10100Crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.
51003/14/1939Haren, BelgiumSabenaJunkers JU-52OO-AUA330
51103/16/1939Manzanares, ColombiaDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-86880
51203/18/1939Near Adler, WashingtonBoeing Aircraft Company-Test flightBoeing 307 StratolinerNX19901199410100The aircraft crashed after the tail broke off. Dutch engineer A.G. von Baumhauer among those killed. He was a famous helicopter pioneer who first came up with the tail rotor/main rotor configuration which is in use today. Strructural failure of the wings and horizontal tail surfaces due t o the imposition of loads thereon in excess of those for which they were designed, the failure occurring in an abrupt pull-out from a dive following recovery from an inadvertent spin.
51308/09/1940Hannover, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaDouglas DC-2-115HD-AIAV13661320Pilot error.
51406/03/194117:00AtlantiOceanGreat Western and Southern Air Linesde Havilland DH-84 DragonG-ACPY6076660Shot down by a He-111 German military aircraft.
51503/26/193914:48Oklahoma City, OklahomaBraniff Airlines1Chicago - DallasDouglas DC-2-112NC1372712531280An explosion in an engine, just after takeoff blew the two halves of the cowl open creating excessive drag and causing the left wing to drop. The captain tried to circle back, but the wing impacted an embankment along a section line road and crashed about 100 yards inside the boundary. Either the hot metal of the engines or some other source ignited the fuel spilling out of the ruptured tank and the cabin was quickly engulfed in flames. The initial cause of the explosion was a cylinder blow out which was a problem with that particular engine and had caused problems in two other aircraft, a TWA and United DC-2, both of which landed safely.
51604/03/1939Near Marrakech, MoroccoAir FranceCaudron C.635 SimounF-AOOT7372990Crashed into a mountain.
51705/01/1939MocambiqueImperial AirwaysShort Empire Flying BoatG-ADVD620
51805/02/1939Near Marrakech, MoroccoAir FranceCasablanca, Morocco - Dakar, SenegalDewoitine D-338F-ARIC25990Crashed due to icing.
51905/08/193912:00Guayaquil, EcuadorMilitary - Ecuadorian Air ForceCurtiss-Wright C-14 Osprey1122While performing aerobatics, the aircraft lost control and crashed into numerous building near a college.
52006/10/1939Vlissingen, The NetherlandsKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesKoolhoven FK.43PH-AJK330
52107/20/1939Konstanz, SwitzerlandSwissairVienna, Austria - Zurich, SwitzerlandJunkers JU86 Z-2HB-IXA086/0951660The aircraft crashed after an engine fire.
52208/04/1939Barcelona, SpainDeutsche LufthansaToulouse, France - Casablanca, MoroccoJunkers JU-52/3mD-AUJG5942770Crashed in the Llaveria mountains in heavy fog and caught fire. The plane hit the highest peak of the mountains.
52308/13/193916:35Rio de Janerio, BrazilPan American World AirwaysMiami - Rio de JanerioSikorsky S43 (flying boat)NC1693316140The plane lost power from the left engine, yawed to the left, and started a descending turn in the same direction. The plane continued to lose altitude and turn at a sharper and steeper angle until it struck a caisson anchored at right angles to a small island in the harbor immediately adjacent to its landing approach path. Loss of power from the left engine during the landing approach, necessitating an attempted landing under extremely hazardous conditions.
52408/15/1939Off Copenhagen, DenmarkBritish AirwaysLondon - Hamburg - CopenhagenLockheed 10 ElectraG-ASEY650Crashed into the sea after a fire aboard.
52508/28/1939Lahore, IndiaIndian National AirwaysDe Havilland D-84VT-AEL220
52608/30/1939Hannover, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaBerlin - Hanover - Cologne - LondonJunkers JU-52/3mD-AFOP5800770The aircraft crashed while taking off from Hanover. Visibility was poor because of low fog covering the runway. The pilot was searching for the proper flight path when the plane veered towards a building while still 40 meters above the ground. The pilot tried to raise the plane while trying to turn left at the same time but lost control and crashed and the plane caught fire.The passengers were pilots of Lufthansa.
52709/26/1939North SeaKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesStockholm - AmsterdamDouglas DC-3PH-ASM214210One Swedish passenger was killed when the plane was attacked by German fighters. The plane was able to land safely in Amsterdam.
52811/20/1939Gosport, EnglandBritish AirwaysAirspeed OxfordG-AFFM22
52912/18/1939South of GibraltarIberia AirlinesAlcante - MoroccoJunkers JU-52M-CABA585410100Shot down by British anti-aircraft fire. Crashed 6 miles south of Europa Point.
53012/21/1939Off Malta-LuqaImperial AirwaysEgypt - EnglandLockheed 14 Super ElectraG-AFYU14441150Crashed into the sea.
53112/24/1939Mogador, MoroccoLinee Aeree ItalianeRome - Rio de JanerioSavoia-Marchetti SM83I-ARPA34017770Crashed in a storm while attempting to make a forced landing.
53201/15/1940Denpasar, IndonesiaKNILMLockheed 14 Super ElectraPK-AFO1415980
53303/01/1940Gulf of OmanImperial AirwaysJask to SharjahHandley Page HP-42G-AAGXHP42/1880Crashed in the Persian Gulf while en route with out a trace. The aircraft was named 'Hannibal.'
53404/22/1940Near Loch Lomond, ScotlandBritish Overseas AirwaysPerth, Scotland - London, EnglandLockheed 14 Super ElectraG-AFKD1484330
53506/02/1940El Segundo, CaliforniaDouglas Aircraft CompanyTest flightDouglas DC-3550Crashed and burned during a government test flight
53606/14/194014:00Off Prangli Island, Gulf of Finland, EstoniaAero O-YTallinn, Estonia - Helsinki, FinlandJunkers JU-52/3mgeOH-ALL5494990The plane was en route when it was shot down by two Soviet Tupolev SB-2 bombers. The aircraft crashed 2-3 nm offshore of Prangli Island near Keri Lighthouse. The aircraft was named Kaleva.
53706/20/1940Near Ouistreham, FranceAir FranceDewoitine D-338F-ARTD22110Inadvertently shot down by French anti-aircraft fire.
53807/07/1940Gulf of TonkinAir FranceDewoitine D-338F-AQBA1Shot down by a Japanese military fighter.
53908/13/194010:15Near Canberra, AustraliaMilitary - Royal Australian Air ForceMelbourne - CanberraLockheed Hudson A16-9710100The plane was seen circling Canberra Aerodrome after which it headed west to make the final approach for landing. The aircraft momentarily disappeared behind one of the hills that surround the airport, then reappeared. There was the sound of engines being gunned, then the aircraft disappeared again. An explosion and sight of a large plume of black smoke followed. All on board the Hudson were killed including several high ranking Australian military leaders. A witness later said the aircraft appeared to drop its left wing and then dip its nose steeply, classisymptoms of a stall, too close to the ground for recovery.
54008/23/1940Cluj, RomaniaLARESDouglas DC-3YR-PAF198618140Crashed into a mountainous area during a hail storm.
54108/31/194014:41Near Lovettsville, VirginiaPennsylvania Central Airlines19Washington D.C. - DetroitDouglas DC-3NC21789218825250The aircraft was flying through a thunderstorm in turbulence when the it nosed over and plunged to earth near Short Hill Mountain. Disabling of the pilots by a severe lightning discharge in the immediate neighborhood of the airplane, with resulting loss of control. With limited accident investigation tools at the time, the most likely cause was the plane flying into windshear. U.S. Senator Ernest Lundeen from Minnesota killed.
54210/29/1940Near Changyi, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationChungking - KunmingDouglas DC-2NC1429713691490Shot down by Japanese military fighters. The plane ran into 5 Japanese fighters and made an emergency landing at a remote field only to be machine-gunned while trying to escape.
54310/29/1940Berlin, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaDouglas DC-3D-AAIH19731520Weather related.
54411/04/194004:42Near Centerville, UtahUnited Air Lines16Oakland - Salt Lake CityDouglas DC-3NC16086192510100The aircraft crashed into Bountiful Peak in the Wasatch Mountains, during a snowstorm, 3 nm NE of Centerville. The failure of the communications operators at Tintic, Plymouth, and Salt Lake City, Utah, whose duty it was to monitor the range, to detect its malfunctioning and immediately notify those concerned and the failure of the pilot to follow to the fullest extent established radio range technique in accordance with the requirements of the procedure established by United and approved by the Civil Aeronautics Administration.
54511/08/1940Brauna, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-90D-AVMF1029290Icing.
54611/09/1940Rio de Janeiro, BrazilRio de Janeiro - Sao Paulo18180Midair collisioin with a private plane.
54711/27/1940Mediterranean SeaAir FranceFarman F-224F-AROA2660Shot down by Italian aircraft.
54812/04/194017:48Chicago, IllinoisUnited Air Lines21New York City - ChicagoDouglas DC-3ANC25678217516100The aircraft crashed while attempting to land at Chicago. The failure of the pilot to exercise that degree of caution and skill required to avert a stall while approaching for a landing on the short northwest runway. A substantial contributing factor to the accident was the error in judgment of the pilot in choosing that short runway for his landing. An accumulation of ice on the wings may have increased the stalling speed of the plane.
54901/15/1941Off South AfricaLATISavoia-Marchetti SM-75I-BAYR3201310100
55001/18/1941Near Nagy-Varad, HungaryMalert AirlinesJunkers JU-52/3mHA-JUA552312120
55101/20/1941Near Kian, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationFord 5-AT Tri-Motor650Crashed into mountains during a thunderstorm
55201/23/194104:13Near Robertson, MissouriTrans Continental and Western Air6Kansas City, MO - New YorkDouglas DC-3-3NC1731519301320Shortly after passing over the west boundary of the airport, the pilot started a left turn. While in the turn, the plane contracted trees 113 feet above the level of the airport. Full power was applied to the engines in an attempt to pull up but other trees were struck and the pilot lost control. The aircraft crashed to the ground at a point approximately one-fourth of a mile southwest of the airport boundary. The action of the pilot in attempting a landing under adverse weather conditions in disregard of the minimums prescribed by the Civil Aeronautics Administration and in maneuvering for such a landing at a dangerously low altitude.
55302/06/194102:00Armstrong, ON, CanadaTrans Canada Air LinesLockheed 14-H2 Super ElectraCF-TCP150112120The plane crashed after the right wing struck a tree as the pilot was attempting to land. Struck several other trees and landed inverted in a swamp.
55402/26/194111:50Atlanta, GeorgiaEastern Air Lines21New York City - Washington D.C. - Atlanta - BrownsvilleDouglas DC-3NC2839432041690The aircraft crashed into a hill in pine woods, near Chandler Field, while attempting to make an instrument landing approach in rain and fog. The failure of the captain in charge of the flight to exercise the proper degree of fare by not checking his altimeters to determine whether both were correctly set and properly functioning before commencing his landing approach. A substantial contributing factor was the absence of an established uniform cockpit procedure on Eastern Air Lines by which both the captain and co-pilot are required to make a complete check of the controls and instruments during landing operations. Captain Edward Rickenbacker, President of Eastern Air Lines, survived the crash.
55503/01/1941Trontheim, NorwayDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52/3mD-AQUB57511230The seaplane crashed while attemping to land.
55603/28/1941Elands Bay, South AfricaSouth African AirwaysLockheed 18 LodestarZS-AST203410100Crashed into a mountain.
55706/19/1941Bucharest, RomaniaLARESBucharest , Romania- Sofia, BulgariaDouglas DC-3YR-PIF198515150Crashed during takeoff.
55806/21/1941Sea of JapanManchurian Air LinesMitsubishi MC-20M-60418180
55908/10/194120:35Arran, ScotlandMilitary -Royal Air ForceConsolidated LB-30A LiberatorAM26122220Crashed into a mountain ridge in rain, low visibility and overcast conditions. Navigational error.
56008/14/194120:40Ayr, ScotlandMilitary - Royal Air ForceConsolidated LB-30A LiberatorAM26022220Crashed and burned on takeoff at Heathfield airfield, after veered off the runway and striking a small building and then an embankment.
56108/18/1941Near Sao Paulo, BrazilPanair do BrasilPorto Alegre - Rio de JaneraLockheed 18 LodeStarPP-PBD20831280Crashed in a mountain range while enroute.
56209/01/1941Bollemont, FranceAir FranceBloch 220F-AQNL1217130The aircraft crashed into lake Bolomon after engine failure during takeoff.
56309/01/1941Campbeltown, Argyll, ScotlandBritish Overseas AirwaysConsolidated 32-2 Liberator IAM-91510100Crashed into a hillside.
56410/03/194117:48San Juan, Puerto RicoPan American World Airways203Miami - Buenos AiresSikorsky S-42B (flying boat)NC1537642061520Following the approach, the aircraft contacted the water in an unduly nose-low attitude while moving sideways relative to the water. Almost immediately after first contact with the water, the aircraft swerved violently to the right and broke into several major sections. The failure of the captain to exercise requisite caution and skill in landing. A contributing factor was the smooth surface of the water, which rendered difficult, the captain's depth perception as well as the exact determination of any lateral movement of the aircraft.
56510/28/1941Deutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-53/3mD-AUXZ717213130
56610/30/194102:04Near Moorhead, MinnesotaNorthwest Orient Airlines5Minneapolis - FargoDouglas DC-3NC21712212415140Crashed in fog and mist due to icing on the wings. The pilot, Clarence Bates, was thrown clear of the wreckage and was the lone survivor. Accumulation of ice on the wings and other surfaces of the airplane, increasing the stalling speed and the drag of the airplane on the power required to maintain flight. Action of the captain in descending to attempt a landing at Fargo with known icing conditions and critical ceiling conditions instead of proceeding to an available alternate.
56710/30/194122:10St. Thomas, Ontario, CanadaAmerican Airlines1New York - Buffalo - Chicago - DetroitDouglas DC-3NC25663220720200The aircraft, on a flight from New York to Chicago, circled a wooded area 3 or 4 times looking for a landing spot before stalling and diving into a plowed field. Cause unknown.
56812/11/1941Miami, FloridaPan American AirwaysNC21V330
56901/16/194219:23Near Las Vegas, NevadaTrans Continental and Western Air3Las Vegas - Los AngelesDouglas DC-3NC1946329522220The aircraft crashed into Mt. Potosi (Double Up Peak, Table Spring Mountain, Olcott Mountain), 32 miles SW of Las Vegas, NV, 15 minutes after taking off from the Western Airlines terminal building at Las Vegas. The aircraft clipped a rocky ledge, cartwheeled into the face of a cliff and exploded, scattering wreckage at the bottom of a ravine. Actress Carole Lombard, 33, her mother, and press agent were killed in the crash. Her mother did not want to fly and a coin was tossed to see whether the trip would be made by train or plane. The actress was returning from a war-bond promotion. The flight was 6.7 miles off course for unknown reasons. Failure of the captain to follow a proper course and make use of navigation facilities available to him. A contributing factor was the blackout of beacons in the area made necessary because of the war emergency.
57001/20/1942Manado, IndonesiaMilitary - Royal Australian Air ForceLockheed HudsonA16-7911110
57101/24/1942Near Samarinda, BorneoKNILMDouglas DC-3PK-AFW1982Shot down by Japanese military aircraft.
57201/26/1942Kupang, TimorKNILMGrumman G-21 GoosePK-AFS1081Shot down by Japanese military aircraft.
57301/30/1942Near Kupang, TimorQantasShort S-23 (flying boat)G-AEUHS-85018130Shot down by Japanese military aircraft. Owned by British Overseas Airways.
57402/14/1942China National Aviation CorporationDouglas DC-245
57502/15/1942English Channel, near Plymouth, EnglandBritish Overseas AirwaysConsolidated LiberatorG-AGDR9990Shot down in error.
57602/20/1942Off Belmont, Brisbane, AustraliaQantasdeHavilland DH-86VH-USE2309990Crashed shortly after takeoff after losing control in low clouds.
57702/28/1942Indian OceanBritish Overseas AirwaysShort S-23 (flying boat)G-AETZS-84220200Shot down by Japanese military aircraft.
57803/03/1942Off Broome, AustraliaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForceConsolidated B-24 Liberator40-237033190
57903/03/1942Wyndham, AustraliaKNILMDouglas DC-3PK-AFV19651280Shot down by Japanese military aircraft.
58008/27/1943North SeaAktiebolaget AerotransportDouglas DC-3SE-BAF2133770Shot down by German military aircraft.
58103/14/194222:15Kunming, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationDouglas DC-2-22131156717130Crashed 2 km from the Kunming Airdome shortly after takeoff. Possible causes include engine failure, overloading, sabotage and temporary blinding by a bright light.
58204/21/194221:27Pine Creek, AustraliaGuinea Airways LimitedBrisbane - Bachelor FieldLockheed 14 ElectraVH-ADY12120
58305/01/194223:00Salt Lake City, UtahUnited Air Lines4San Francisco - New York CityDouglas DST-A-207ANC18146197817170After taking off from Salt Lake, the aircraft proceeded in the wrong direction and crashed into the side of a hill 3.8 miles northeast of the Salt Lake City Airport. The point of impact was at an elevation of 5,053 feet above sea level and about 830 feet above the airport. A deviation from the proper course, for reasons undetermined.
58405/12/194211:51Miles City, MontanaNorthwest Orient Airlines1Chicago - SeattleDouglas DC-3-A-269NC 2171421291430The plane hit an obstruction at the end of the runway, overran the runway boundry and crashed. The failure of the captain to complete the landing run in time to avoid the obstruction at the end of the runway, for reasons undetermined, and his action in attempting to take off after striking the obstruction.
58507/01/194212:00Near Premier, West VirginiaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesBattle Creek - Florence, SCDouglas C-49E42-56093197621210Flew into a thunderstorm and was observed in a near vertical dive before crashing to the ground. Icing, possible overloading.
58607/07/1942Off Broken Head, AustraliaMilitary - Royal Australian Air ForceLockheed HudsonA16-19810100
58707/20/1942Llanfair, EnglandMilitary - Royal Air ForceLockheed HudsonN725313130
58808/13/1942Algiers, AlgeriaAir FranceLiore et Olivier H-246 Air BoatF-AREJ40340Attacked by Royal Air Force fighters. Crashed in the water while attempting to land.
58908/21/1942Deutsche LufthansaSiebel Si-204440Lufthansa chairman, Von Gablenz killed.
59008/22/1942TrinidadKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesLockheed 14 ElectraPH-AIP13130
59108/23/1942Invergordon, EnglandMilitary - Royal Air ForceShort SunderlandW402614130
59208/25/194214:00Near Dunbeath, ScotlandMilitary - Royal Air ForceShort Sunderland (flying boat)W402614130The plane crashed while on a flight to Iceland during WWII. The aircraft was part of the 228th Squadron RAF. The plane hit high ground at Eagle Rock in the Scottish Highlands in poor visibility. Possible navigational error but exact cause unknown. Prince George, Duke of Kent was among the dead.
59309/27/1942Ameur el Ain, AlgeriaAir FranceDewoitine D-342F-ARIZ0125250Crashed during takeoff.
59410/01/1942Kunming, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationDouglas C-4769Crashed while attempting to land after losing oil pressure on one engine.
59510/01/194209:30Near Coamo, Puerto RicoMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesCaomo - San JuanDouglas C-39-DO (DC-2)38-524208122220The aircraft made a wide descending turn with engines running roughly and crashed into a hill.
59610/03/194219:05Botwood, NewfoundlandAmerican Export Airlines71New York - Botwood - Foynes, IrelandSirkorsky 44A (flying boat)NC41880440137110While attempting to takeoff, aircraft porpoised, attained a height of 35 ft. and then crashed into the water and broke up. Inadvertent actuation of the wing flaps to the full 35 degrees position during the take-off run, thereby rendering the aircraft excessively nose-heavy and uncontrollable.
59710/22/1942Deutsche Lufthansa7208Junkers JU-52/3mD-AYGX720817170
59810/23/194217:15Palm Springs, CaliforniaAmerican Airlines / Military - USAF28Palm Springs - New York CityDouglas DC-3 / Boeing B-34NC16017155513120Midair collision between an Army bomber and airliner over Chino Canyon near Palm Springs at 9,000 feet destroying the rudder of the DC-3. All 12 aboard the DC-3 were killed. The Boeing B-34 landed safely with minor damage. The reckless and irresponsible conduct of the bomber pilot, William Wilson, in deliberately maneuvering a bomber in dangerous proximity to an airliner in an unjustifiable attempt to attract the attention of the first officer, his friend aboard the airliner. Composer and song writer Ralph Rainger, 41, killed.`
59910/30/1942NorwayMilitary - Royal Air ForceHandley Page HP-57 HalifaxW777310100
60012/15/194201:22Fairfield, UtahWestern Airlines13Salt Lake - Las Vegas - BurbankDouglas DC-3ANC16060190019170Crashed after performing a violent maneuver. Failure of the left, or possibly both wing tips and of the horizontal tail surfaces as a result of a sever pull-up which caused unusual and abnormally high air loads. The reason the pull-up maneuver was not determined.
60112/19/1942Wien, ViennaDLLJunkers JU-52/3mOY-DAL56101620
60201/09/1943River Tagus, Lisbon, PortugalBritish Overseas AirwaysShort S-26 (flying boat)G-AFCKS-87313130
60301/15/1943Near Paramarino, Dutch GuyanaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-54A42-3293935350Crashed along the coast of South American while en route to Africa.
60401/18/194323:00Off the Brazilian coast, AtlantiOceanMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesAccra, Ghana - Natal, BrazilConsolidated C-8741-170826260Disappeared while en route and never found.
60501/21/194307:30Ukiah, CaliforniaPan American World AirwaysV-1104Hawaii - San FranciscoMartin M-130 (flying boat)NC1471555719190Flew into a 2,500 ft. mountain while circling in bad weather, after being unable to land in darkness and deciding whether to divert to San Diego. Clipped trees, struck the ground and broke up. Failure of the captain to determine his position accurately before descending to a dangerously low altitude under extremely poor weather conditions during the hours of darkness. The aircraft was named Philippine Clipper.
60601/22/194315:15Near Chaparra, PeruPan American Grace Airlines9Santiago, Chili - Arequipa, Peru - Lima, PeruDouglas DC-3ANC33645412415140The aircraft crashed into the Mt. Chaparra in the Andes mountains while en route. Action of the pilot in continuing the flight on instruments in the overcast, contrary to company flight procedure of which, according to the evidence, the pilot was aware.
60702/09/1943Near Gander, NewfoundlandBritish Overseas AirwaysConsolidated 32-3 Liberator IIAL-59121190Ran out of fuel.
60802/18/194312:30Seattle, WashingtonPrivate - Boeing Aircraft CompanyTest flightBoeing XB-2941-3101020Lost altitude, struck power lines and crashed into a packing house after encountering an engine fire on a test flight.
60902/22/194306:47Lisbon, PortugalPan American World Airways9035New York City - LisbonBoeing B-314 (flying boat)NC18603199039250Crashed into the Targus River in poor weather while attempting to land. Inadvertent contact of the left wing tip of the aircraft with the water while making a descending turn preparatory to landing. The aircraft was named the Yankee Clipper. Novelist Ben Robertson and singer, actress Tamara Drasin, 34, among those killed. Actress Jane Froman seriously injured.
61003/11/1943Luishui, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationKunming - AssamDouglas C-5353330The cargo plane was caught in a downdraft in a mountain pass en route and crashed.
61103/13/1943Himalaya, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationKunming - DinjanDouglas C-5349330Disappeared over the Himalayas.
61203/27/194305:15Archerfield Aerodrome, Queensland, AustraliaMilitary - Royal Australian Air ForceDouglas C-47-DLA65-2614924240The aircraft, taking off in darkness and poor visibility, crashed in heavy timber and caught fire.
61304/22/1943Off Port Moresby, New GuineaQantasShort S-23VH-ADUS-84413130Stalled and crashed in poor weather into the water during an emergency landing on the open sea. Broke up in heavy seas.
61406/01/194311:00Off the coast of FranceBritish Overseas Airways2L272Lisbon - LondonDouglas DC-3G-AGBB159017170Shot down by the German Air Force over the Bay of Biscay. The last message received from the plane was it was being attacked by an enemy aircraft. The aircraft had a Dutch crew. British actor Leslie Howard, 42, killed.
61506/07/194304:00Red Springs, North CarolinaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesPope Field - MaxtonDouglas C-47A-DL42-23512937420200Crashed in thunderstorm activity while attempting to land.
61606/14/1943Near Mackay, OLD, AustraliaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesB-17C Flying Fortress41400The aircraft took off into ground fog and leveled off at an altitude of about 300 feet. In a matter of minutes the plane had caught fire in the air, and as it dived into the trees one of its wings came away leaving a great opening in the fuselage through which most of the passengers were emptied into the bush before the final impact.
61706/16/1943Khartoum, SudanBritish Overseas AirwaysLockheed Hudson VIFK-45917170
61806/30/1943Khartoum, SudanBritish Overseas AirwaysLockheed Hudson VIFK-61816160
61907/04/194323:00GibraltarConsolidated Liberator B24 CA-L-52313120The flight, bound for London, crashed into the Mediterranean shortly after takeoff. Wladyslaw Sikorski, prime minister of the Polish government in exile, killed.
62007/28/1943Brandon Head, IrelandBritish Overseas AirwaysLisbon - Foynes - PooleShort Sunderland 3 (flying boat)G-AGES25120
62107/28/194322:43Trammel, KentuckyAmerican Airlines63Cleveland - MemphisDouglas DC-3NC16014155222200The aircraft crashed into trees while attempting to land in strong turbulence and violent downdrafts. There was evidence that most of the occupants in the cabin were victims of suffocation or fire, or both, because of their inability to effect an exit from the aircraft. Loss of control of the aircraft due to unusually severe turbulence and violent downdraft caused by a thunderstorm of unknown and unpredictable intensity.
62208/01/194315:00Ploesti, RomaniaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesBombing runConsolidated B-24101063Crashed into a women's prison after being hit by anti-aircraft fire while on a bombing run.
62308/07/194305:20Off Townsville, AustraliaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceTownsville - BrisbaneDouglas C-47-DL41-7733421227270Crashed into the ocean.
62408/11/1943Fort Hertz, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationDouglas C-5348330The cargo plane was shot down by Japanese fighters.
62508/27/1943Rio de Janeiro, BrazilVASPJunkers JU-52/3mPP-SPD545921180Struck a Naval Academy building while attemptin to take off. The plane then broke in two and fell into the harbor. The plane was named 'City of Rio de Janiero.'
62609/10/194316:00Off Galveston, TexasMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesBoeing B-17F / Boeing B-17F42-4621/42-603122220Midair collision over the Gulf of Mexico while flying in formation. Eleven killed on each plane.
62709/20/194308:50Near Maxton, North CarolinaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-53D-DO42-687291165625250Crashed into a wooded area after nearly colliding with a glider being towed by another aircraft. The evasive maneuver caused the aircraft to stall and crash.
62809/22/194306:00Near Calcutta, IndiaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-5342-6471492320200Cashed into trees shortly after taking off.
62910/15/194323:17Near Centerville, TennesseeAmerican Airlines63Nashville - MemphisDouglas DC3-G102NC16088158815150The aircraft struck the ground nose-first in a vertical attitude while en route and was completely demolished by the impact. Inability of the aircraft to gain or maintain altitude due to carburetor ice, propeller ice or wing ice or some combination of these icing conditions, while over terrain and in weather unsuitable for an emergency landing.
63010/19/1943St. Donat, Quebec, CanadaMilitary - Royal Canadian Air ForceConsolidated B-2424240The plane crashed in a snowstorm, on a cliff near the summit of Black Mountain, 60 miles north of its destination, Montreal. The wreckage was located three years later.
63110/22/1943Hallo, SwedenAB AerotransportDouglas DC-3SE-BAG213215130Shot down by a Ju88, German military aircraft.
63210/22/194320:20Columbus, GeorgiaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-47-DL42-5677737120200Stalled when it was making a descending turn during a parachute exercise.
63311/08/1943Poona, IndiaMilitary - Indian Air Force1137Crashed into a village.
63411/19/1943Kunming, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationDouglas C-5359320The cargo plane crashed short of the runway in poor weather conditions.
63511/19/1943Kunming, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationDouglas C-4763330A navigational error caused the cargo plane to strike a mountain.
63611/26/1943Port Moresby, New GuineaQantasLockheed L-18-56 LodestarVH-CAB15150Flew into a hill shortly after talking off from Ward's Strip operated by Qantas for Allied Directorate of Air Transport.
63712/18/1943Suifu, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationDouglas C-4783330The cargo plane struck a mountain while attempting a go-around.
63812/19/194309:20Canal Creek, AustraliaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceDouglas C-47A-60-DL43-307421389331310
63912/29/194315:00Lakeside, UtahMilitary - U.S. Army Air Forces / Military - U.S. Army Air ForcesWendover Field - Pocatello AABConsolidated B-24 / Consolidated B-2442-7183/42-740825250A midair collision occurred while on a cross-country flight flying in formation. Twelve kiled aboard 4207183 and thirteen aboard 42-7408. Faulty flying technique displayed by the pilot of 42-7183.
64001/15/1944Belgrad, YugoslaviaDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52/3mD-ADQW640610550Pilot error.
64102/10/194423:36Memphis, TennesseeAmerican Airlines2Little Rock - MemphisDouglas DC-3NC21767216624240The aircraft crashed into a river and sank ,18 miles southwest of Memphis, in a snowstorm, while en route from Little Rock. Cause undetermined.
64202/20/1944ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationDouglas C-4775220The cargo plane flew into a mountain
64302/21/1944Eubeoa, GreeceDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52/3mD-ABAS656116160The plane missing and never found.
64403/22/1944New GuineaMilitary - U.S. ArmyPort Moreaby - NadzabConsolidated B-24 Liberator2121Disappeared while en route on a non-combat mission. Wreckage found 39 years later on 4/30/1983.
64504/06/194415:48Near Nome, AlaskaPan American World AirwaysNome - FairbanksPilgrim 100BNC742N660Crashed shortly after takeoff in a snow storm. Failure of the pilot to recognize his proximity to the ground due to heavy snow which entirely covered the terrain.
64604/17/1944Belgrad, YugoslaviaDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52/3mD-AOCA640996750Shot down by allied fighters.
64704/21/1944Frederikstad, NorwayDeutsche LufthansaDouglas DC-3D-AAIG20952090Pilot error.
64804/25/1944Montreal, CanadaMilitary - Royal Air ForceMontreal, Canada - European air baseConsolidated Liberator16160Crashed into a row of houses shortly after taking off from Dorval Airport.
64905/26/1944Between Calcutta to Dinjan, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationCalcutta - DinjanDouglas C-478212120While enroute the crew got lost and crashed into 22,000 foot mountain in Tibet. Bad weather prevented the pilot from getting a bearing on any radio station.
65005/27/1944Off Calcutta, IndiaChina National Aviation CorporationDouglas DC-314140Crashed at sea in poor weather conditions.
65106/06/194401:30Carentan, FranceMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-47A-DL42-1010351949822220Shot down by anti-aircraft fire during the Normandy invasion.
65206/06/194402:00Flamanville, FranceMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-47A42-1009051936822220Shot down by anti-aircraft fire during the Normandy invasion.
65306/06/194401:15Barneville, FranceMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-47A42-9309511296922220Shot down by anti-aircraft fire during the Normandy invasion.
65406/08/1944Kunming, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationDijan - KunmingDouglas C-4785660The plane discintigrated in mid-aid. The jack pad had been removed from the right wing root. This left 4 large holes directly under the fuel tanks and directly in line with the exhaust. When the throttles were cut to descend, the flame only went as far back as the holes. There the flames went up around the fuel tank, igniting the fumes and blew the wing off.
65506/18/1944Kweilin, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationKunming - Chungking,Douglas C-4771420Diverted to Kweilin after Chunking was below minimums. After holding over Kweilin for 3 hours, the aircraft ran out of gas, hit mountain and was demolished.
65606/20/1944Porto Alegre, BrazilVarigLockheed 10C ElectraPP-VAG100810100Crashed into a river.
65707/26/194403:00North AtlantiOceanMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesEngland - Long Island, N.Y.Douglas C-54A-DO (DC-4)42-107470748926260Disappeared while en route from Iceland to Newfoundland.
65807/27/194416:00Port Logan, ScotlandMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesBristol - PreswickDouglas C-47A-DK42-930381290522220As the aircraft approached land, it began a climb but was not able to gain sufficient altitude to clear a cloud shrouded cliff.
65907/31/1944Funafuti, Gilbert Islands, PacifiOceanPan American AirwaysConsolidated Catalina PB2Y-3R723324220While taking off in the dark, the aircraft's wingtip collided with the jackpole mast of an anchored liberty ship which had slipped anchor and drifted, unlighted, into the seaplane area. The aircraft then spun out of control, and crashed into the ocean and sank.
66008/03/194420:30Naper, NebraskaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesBruning, NB - Pierre, SDDouglas C-47A-DL42-23652951428280Crashed in a severe thunderstorm after possibly being hit by lightning and losing both engines.
66108/08/194413:20Off Antilla, CubaPan American World Airways218Antilla - MiamiSikorsky S-42 (flying boat)NC823M420131170Crashed during the third attempt to lift from the water and sank into the ocean. Loss of control due to the captain's inexperience in handling the particular type of aircraft. The aircraft was named 'Hong Kong Clipper.'
66208/12/194418:20Blythburgh, EnglandMilitary - U.S. Navy-Consolidated PB4Y-132271220Navy lieutenant Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., 29, brother of President John F. Kennedy, was killed while on a flying mission over England during World War II. Kennedy volunteered for operation Aphrodite after completing two full combat tours and was killed when the explosive-laden PB4Y he was flying blew up in air. He was intending to aim the ship and bail out, leaving another aircraft to guide the PB4Y via remote control to a German submarine pen on the French coast; it apparently exploded when he armed the switches. The photographichase plane had President Franklin Roosevelt's son, Elliot Roosevelt, on board.
66308/23/194410:45Freckelton, EnglandMilitary - U.S. Air ForceConsolidated B-24H42-502913358The bomber crashed into a school and a cafe while attempting to land at Warton Air Depot in poor weather. The crash occurred during a thunderstorm with heavy rain and winds. Windshear.
66408/28/194401:00Preswick, ScotlandMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-54A-DC (DC-4)42-721711027620205Crashed into a residential area in poor visiblility while attemping to land after a trans-Atlantiflilght.
66508/30/1944Sao Paulo, BrazilPanair do BrasilLockheed 18 LodestarPP-PBI211416160Crashed in fog.
66609/02/1944Belgrad, YugoslaviaDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU52/3mD-AUAW641039550Shot down by allied fighters.
66709/07/1944Near Mossman, Queensland, AustraliaMilitary - Royal Netherlands East Indies Air ForceMerauke -- CairnsC-47 Dakota DT-941VH-RDK20200The plane went missing while en route from Merauke to Cairns. The last radio contact was 15 minutes before ETA. A scientifiexpedition found the wreckage in January 1989, 65 km northwest from Cairns at a height of 1,200 meters.
66809/18/194407:42AlaskaU. S. Air ForceElmindorf AFB, Anchorage - Ladd Field, FairbanksDouglas C-47A-90-DL43-157382020419190Struck the side of a mountain while in full flight. Cause unknown but weather conditions suspected.
66909/21/1944Rio Doce, BrazilPanair do BrasilLockheed 18 LodestarPP-PBH211317170
67009/27/194420:30Near Dijon, FranceDeutsche LufthansaStuttgart - BarcelonaFocke-Wulf FW 200D-AMHL20990Missing on a flight from France to Spain. Shot down by an American Bristol Beau allied night fighter.
67106/30/1945TexasMilitary - U.S. Air ForceBoeing TB-29A Super Fortress44-6994312120
67210/07/1944Near Sadiya, IndiaChina National Aviation CorporationDinjan - SuifuDouglas C-47101330Both wing of the cargo plane separated from the fuselage after the aircraft penetrated a thunderstorm.
67310/10/1944BosniaDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52/3mD-AUSS641382770
67410/11/1944Sydney, AustraliaQantasShort S-23 (flying boat)VH-ABBS-8773010On final approach with one engine shut-down, stalled 10 ft above the water and hull ruptured on impact.
67510/16/1944Telemark, NorwayDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52/3mD-ADQV64060815150Crashed into a mountain in poor weather conditions.
67610/17/1944HungaryDeutsche LufthansaJunkers JU-52/3mD-ASHE640601910Shot down by British Mosquito fighters.
67710/18/194415:40Birkenhead, EnglandMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesLiverpool - New YorkConsolidated B24H42-5034724240Broke-up in flight either due to an explosion or catastrophistructural failure of the aircraft.
67811/04/194417:15Hanford, CaliforniaTrans Continental and Western Air8San Francisco - New York CityDouglas DC-3NC28310225124240The wing separated from the aircraft after entering a thunderstorm and encountering severe turbulence. The failure of the airplane's structure as a result of severe turbulence, an important contributing cause was the fact that the airplane was undoubtedly in an abnormal attitude of flight, i.e., inverted, at the instant of structural failure. The cause of the airplane becoming inverted was not determined.
67911/09/1944Seljord, NorwayMilitary - U.S. Army Air Corps42-52196
68011/19/194415:10Lewes, EnglandMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-47A-DL43-150461951230250Flying in low overcast, the aircraft struck a hill, exploded and burned.
68111/29/1944Tegucigalpa, NicaraguaTACAFord 5-AT-B Tri-MotorXH-TAN16160
68211/29/1944KenyaBOACLockheed 18 LodeStarG-AGBW15150
68311/29/1944Malmo, SwedenDeutsche LufthansaFocke-Wulf FW 200D-ARHW299410100Shot down by a German patrol boat.
68411/30/1944Dinjan, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationDouglas C-4756330The cargo plane flew into Digboi Mountain after losing both engines.
68512/01/194400:54Van Nuys, CaliforniaTrans Continental and Western Air13San Francisco - Burbank - New York CityDouglas DC-3NC1732219651790The plane crashed and burned 6.5 miles west northwest of the Bubank Airport in dense fog. The pilot's deviation from the standard instrument approach procedure and descent below the established safe minimum altitude. A contributing factor was the company's failure to enforce adherence to company procedures.
68612/03/1944AtlantiOceanTrans-Canada Air LinesAvro 683 LancasterCF-CMU550
68712/15/194414:00English ChannelMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesTwinwood, England - Villacoublay, FranceUC-64A Noorduyn Norseman44-70286550330Disappeared over the English Channel en route from Bedford England to Paris, France. Band leader and musician Glenn Miller, 40, killed along with flight officer John Morgan and Lt. Colonel Norman Baessell. It has been theorized the plane may have been hit by bombs being jettisoned over the English Channel by RAF bombers on their way home from an unsuccessful raid. Wreckage and bodies were never found.
68801/06/1945Near Dinjan, IndiaChina National Aviation CorporationKunming - TengchungDouglas C-4777440The cargo plane crashed in strong winds
68901/08/194521:16Port of Spain, TrinidadPan American World Airways161Miami - LeopoldvilleMartin M-130 (flying boat)NC1471655830230The aircraft crashed 1.25 miles short of the intended landing area in a nose-down attitude at too great a speed and broke up in the water. The first officer's failure to realize his proximity to the water and to correct his attitude for a normal landing and the lack of adequate supervision by the captain during the landing, resulting in the inadvertent flight into the water in excess of normal landing speed and in a nose-down attitude. The aircraft was named China Clipper.
69001/10/194504:10Burbank, CaliforniaAmerican Airlines6001New York City - Juarez, Mexico - BurbankDouglas DC-3NC25684221524240The aircraft, lost in fog, crashed into the Verdugo Mountains, while attempting to reach Palmdale Airport, its alternate landing site, after being unable to land at Burbank Airport. The company ground personnel failed to obtain and transmit important weather to the pilot. Improperly executed missed approach by the pilot. Actress Donna Reed was returning from Juarez where she obtained a divorce from her husband but was bumped from the flight just prior to takeoff to make room for a military officer holding a wartime-travel priority pass.
69101/14/1945ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationDouglas C-4770640The cargo plane struck a mountain.
69201/16/1945Near Kunming, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationChongqing - KunmingDouglas C-47330
69301/23/1945Timor, IndonesiaMilitary - Royal Australian Air ForceConsolidated LiberatorA72-7011110
69401/31/1945Redesdale, AustraliaAustralian National AirwaysStinson Model AVH-UYY10100
69502/02/194510:15Near Montieri, ItalyMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-47-DL41-18603472826230Crashed into a hill after encountering a fog bank and not climbing in sufficient time to avoid the terrain.
69602/06/194510:05Nunters Burgh, EnglandMilitary -Royal Air ForceDouglas C-47 DakotaKG6301339023230Struck a mountain while flying in low clouds and poor visibility.
69702/13/194506:30Off Oakland, CaliforniaMilitary - U.S. NavyDouglas R4D-65076524240Crashed into San Francisco bay shortly after taking off. The right wing struck to water as the plane made a wide turn.
69802/15/1945Lagoa Santa, BrazilNavegacao Aerea BrasileiraLockheed 18 LoadstarPP-NAE214911110
69902/23/1945Casablanca, MoroccoMilitary - United States Army Air ForceCurtiss C-46A42-1073772706430130
70002/23/194502:25Marion, VirginiaAmerican Airlines9New York City - Los AngelesDouglas DC-3N18142213822170The aircraft flew into the summit of Glade mountain at 3,900 ft., in heavy rain and turbulence while en route. The pilot's failure to properly plan the flight and remain at a safe instrument altitude under existing conditions. A contributing cause of the accident was the company's laxity in dispatching and supervising the flight.
70103/27/1945Coral Sea, off AustraliaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceDouglas C-47A-90-DL43-160112047724240Disappeared en route.
70204/09/1945Kunming, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationKunming - SichangDouglas C-4788330The cargo plane struck a mountain in the Himalayas under poor weather conditions.
70304/14/194516:58Morgantown, West VirginiaPennsylvania Central Airlines142Pittsburgh - MorgantownDouglas DC-3NC25692226220200The aircraft crashed against the slope of Cheat Mountain at 2,100 ft., 7 miles east northeast of Morgantown. The action of the pilot in continuing flight over mountainous terrain under instrument conditions, below the minimum authorized instrument altitude.
70404/19/194505:35Near Perth, AustraliaMilitary - U.S. Navy-Douglas DC-33906713130The transport crashed into a hillside as it took off in heavy fog at Guildford Airport.
70504/20/1945Junkers JU-53/3mD-ANAJ18180Missing on an evacuation flight from Berlin to Munich.
70604/20/194506:40Sweetwater, TexasMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesMidland, TX - Nashville, TNDouglas C-47-DL41-18451451325250Broke-up after entering an area of thunderstorms. Initial structural failure involved the elevator followed by the entire aircraft.
70704/21/1945Munchen, GermanyDeutsche LufthansaFocke-Wulf FW 200D-ASHH21210
70804/23/1945North Barrule, Isle of Man, EnglandMilitary - U.S. Air ForceRidgewell - Nutts CornerB17G Flying Fortress43-3885631310
70904/27/194512:40Washington D.C.Page AirwaysWashington, D.C. - New York, NyLockheed 18 LodestarNC3332822211360Lost an engine during takeoff, settled back on the runway, overran the runway, rolled to the right and crashed into a drainage ditch and burned. Engine failure during a critical point in the take-off followed by the pilot executing an emergency landing under unfavorable conditions. Contributing factors were the strong gusts and ground turbulence which prevailed at the time and the presence of a deep ditch near the runway.
71005/05/194522:26Manus Island, New GuineaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-54E-DO (DC-4)44-90432726921210Crashed into a hill shortly after taking off from Sorido airstrip. Cause unknown.
71105/06/194512:55Hindhead, EnglandMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesCurtiss-Wright C-46D-CU44-778393323530301Flying low because of poor visiblity, the aircraft struck a radar tower, lost its right wing, crashed and burned. Pilot error. Flying VFR in IFR conditions.
71205/09/19451:30Roye, FranceMilitary -Royal Air ForceEngland - BrusselsAvro LancasterRF23031310The aircraft went in to a spin and crashed in a wooded area and caught fire.
71305/13/194515:00Netherlands, New GuineaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-47B-DK43-497882704923200Crashed into mountains.
71405/30/194509:20Off Drewin, Ivory CoastMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesAccra, Ghana - Monrovia, LiberiaDouglas C-47B-dK44-764063273821210Disappeared off the Atlanticoast after sending a distress message. A witness observed the plane hit the water at a 45 degree angle. No wreckage or bodies were ever found.
71506/15/1945ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationDouglas C-4781330The aircraft crashed into a mountain in the Carstenz Range at an altitude of 14,200 ft. The wreckage was discovered in December 1970.
71606/24/1945Gealdton, AustraliaMaRobertson Miller Airlinesde Havilland DH-86AVH-USF23101120
71706/25/194507:50Swanage, EnglandMilitary -Royal Air ForceConsolidated LB-30A LiberatorJT98527270Crashed and burned on a hillside after experiencing engine failure.
71806/29/1945Bangalore, IndiaMilitary - Royal Indian Air Force2236Crashed into a village exploding and destoying several houses.
71907/04/1945North AtlantiOceanMilitary -Royal Air ForceMontreal, Canada - EnglandConsolidated LB-30A LiberatorJT98215150Disappeared on a trans-Atlantiflight from Montreal to England.
72007/11/1945Near Kisumu, KenyaMilitary - South African Air ForceDouglas C-47681228280Crashed shortly after take off into Lake Victoria.
72107/12/194514:36Near Florence, South CarolinaEastern Air Lines / Military - U.S. Army Air Corps45Boston - NY - Washington DC - Jacksonville - MiamiDouglas DC-3-201C / Army A-26NC2564722351030After deviating off course 8 miles to avoid military traffic, the two planes collided at 3,000 ft. The commercial pilot landed the plane in a corn field. Two occupants of the A-26 (33-35553) were killed and one parachuted safely. One infant was killed on the DC-3. Lack of vigilance on the part of the pilots of both aircraft, resulting in the failure of each pilot to see the other aircraft in time to avoid a collision.
72207/28/194509:49New York, New YorkMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesNorth American B-25D bomber43-05773311A U.S. Army Air Force plane crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building in heavy fog. Lt. Col. William Franklin Smith Jr., the pilot, became disoriented while trying to land at Newark Airport. Lt. Smith was told he had a 3 hour wait to land at Newark. Impatient to get his plane on the ground, he falsely declared he had official business at La Guardia Airport with the intention of diverting to Newark as soon as he was cleared. The 12 ton plane smashed a 20 ft. hole in the building. Fuel from the ruptured gas tanks poured out and set two floors ablaze killing 10 people. One engine exited the south side of the building and plunged into a penthouse below. The second engine entered an elevator shaft and severed the cables plunging the car and the elevator operator 1,000 feet into a sub basement. Despite suffering a broken back and legs, she survived.
72308/01/1945Near San Luis Potosi, MexicoLineas Aereas MinerasBoeing 247DXA-DUY172312120Crashed into mountainous terrain.
72408/03/194510:11Fort de France, MartiniquePan American World Airways216Port of Spain - Fort de FranceSikorsky S-43 (flying boat)NC1506643061440The aircraft crashed while landing at Fort de France. The plane sank and 4 passengers drowned. The attempt by the pilot to land the aircraft in conditions of water surface not suitable for landing of a flying boat.
72508/11/1945Ixtaccihuati, MexicoMexicanaDouglas DC-2-243XA-DOT207516160Crashed in poor weather conditions.
72609/07/194502:13Florence, South CarolinaEastern Air Lines42Miami - New York CityDouglas DC-3NC33631413722220Fire was discovered on board the aircraft after having passed Florence. The fire originated in the general area of the right side of the rear cargo compartment and lavatory. The aircraft descended to a lower altitude while returning to Florence, struck two large trees and crashed. A fire of undetermined origin in the rear cargo compartment or lavatory which resulted in the inability of the pilot to maintain altitude long enough to effect an emergency landing.
72709/11/194510:15Near Milne Bay, New GuineaMilitary - Royal Australian Air ForceMilne Bay - DoboduraDouglas C-47AA65562536511110Left Milne Bay on routine flight to Dobodura at 10:15. Crashed into sea near Milne Bay.
72809/15/194500:08Near Kansas, MissouriMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-47B-DK45-10113427724230Failed to gain altitude while taking off, struck trees, lost both wings, exploded and burned. Engine failure.
72909/18/1945Puncak Jaya, Papua New GuineaMilitary - Royal Australian Air ForceDouglas C-47B-5-DKA65-6114554/2599929290
73009/28/1945Near Chihkiang, ChinaMilitary - United States Army Air ForceCurtiss C-46D42-1011833063820200
73110/05/194501:05Lakeland, FloridaNational Airlines16Miami - JacksonvilleLockheed 18 LodestarNC1819922651520Crashed into a lake while attempting to execute a missed approach. The faulty execution of a missed approach procedure resulting in settling of the aircraft into a water area beyond the landing runway.
73210/05/194512:50Elvetham, EnglandMilitary -Royal Air ForceEngland - PragueConsolidated LB-40-A Liberator23230Cashed and burned shortly after takeoff after experiencing an engine fire in the No. 2 engine.
73310/07/194500:30Rennes, FranceMilitary - Royal Air ForceLondon - CairoShort Stirling IVLJ66826260Lost altitude while in a turn and attempting to land and crashed and burned.
73410/13/194520:45Melsbroek, BelgiumMilitary -Royal Air ForceBelgium - IndiaConsolidated LB-30-A LiberatorKL59531310The aircraft failed to gain speed or altitude and struck a hill at the end of the runway.
73510/16/194511:30Near Peking, ChinaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesHankou - PekingCurtiss-Wright C-46F-CU44-785912241459590Struck a radio transmission tower while on approach for landing at Nanyman field.
73610/20/1945Timor Sea, AtlantiOceanMilitary - Royal Australian Air ForceAmbon, Indonesia - Darwin, AustraliaDouglas C-47BA65-8316127/3287525250Disappeared en route.
73710/20/1945Between Shanghi and Canton, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationShanghai - CantonDouglas C-4731310Crashed into a mountain while en route.
73810/23/1945Near Chiringa, IndiaMilitary - Royal Air ForceDouglas C-47BKJ95714804/2624914140Penetrated a thunderstorm and broke-up.
73910/24/1945Tarapoto, PeruFaucettFaucett F-19OB-PAG-13924550Crashed on takeoff.
74010/30/194519:15Chihchiang, ChinaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesCurtiss-Wright C-46A-CK43-4722829950450Crashed and burned on takeoff striking a hill. Possible engine failure or overloading.
74111/01/194515:30Herrenalb, GermanyMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-47A-DK42-930411290930260The crew descended through low overcast to obtain their position. Followed an river and crashed into wooded mountainside. Navigator error in not informing the pilot of high terrain.
74211/03/194502:00Near Chuka, IndiaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesChabua - KarachiDouglas C-54G45528A44440Crashed into the Himalaysas and burned while en route.
74311/08/194520:00Off Corpus Christi, TexasMilitary - U.S. Navy / Military - U.S. NavyMartin PBM-3S / Martin PBM-501710 / 6911327220The aircraft expierence a midair collision over Corpus Christi Bay while on a training flight.
74411/09/194520:00Near Boccadi, ItalyMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesAthens - NaplesDouglas C-47A-DL42-243631022524240The pilot radioed he was lost, shortly before impacting the ground while attempting to land in poor visibility.
74511/11/194512:00Near Picinisco, ItalyMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesFrance - AthensBoeing B-17G43-919720200The plane disappeared after the pilot radioed he was exeriencing heavy icing and asked to divert to Rome. The plane was found 5 months later on Mt. Meta.
74611/11/194523:45Near Castel, LibyaMilitary -Royal Air ForceShort StirlingPJ95029290Crashed and burned after experiencing an engine fire.
74711/11/1945HimalayasMilitary - U.S. ArmyChabau, India - Karachi, PakistanDouglas C-5444440Crashed into a mountain ridge 200 ft. short of the summit, bounced over the top and crashed down the other side while en route.
74811/15/194509:14New Britain Island, New GuineaMilitary - Royal Australian Air ForceDouglas C-47 Dakota-DKA65542664028280Crashed into a 7,000 ft. mountain, 150 feet below the ridge, shortly after taking off.
74911/22/194510:00White's Farm, EnglandMilitary -Royal Air ForceConsolidated LB-30A LiberatorKH12627270The aircraft crashed into a hill shortly after takeoff after and making a turn, before reaching the prescribed altitude.
75012/03/194513:30Near Rochefort , FranceMilitary -Royal Air ForceIndia - Cambridge, EnglandConsolidated LB-30A LiberatorKH12528280Crashed in severe turbulence in thunderstorms after losing the right wing and breaking up.
75112/05/194520:00Off the Florida coastMilitary - U.S. Navy19Five Grumman TBM Avengers14140The five aircraft, (23307) (73209) (46325) (46094) (45714), flying out of the U.S. Naval Air Station at Fort Lauderdale, on a training mission, became lost, ran out of fuel and crashed into the AtlantiOcean. No trace of the planes were ever found. This was the incident that began the 'Bermuda Triangle' legend.
75212/08/1945Near Billings, MontanaMilitary - U.S. ArmyNewark, N.J. - Seattle, WADouglas C-4721170Crashed into a field after hitting trees while attempting to land in a snowstorm.
75312/18/194510:10Voksenkollen, NorwayMilitary - Royal Air ForceDouglas C-47BKN41316090/3283817150Flew into the side of a hill.
75412/25/1945Bangui, French Equatorial AfricaAir FranceLockheed 18 LodestarF-BALV2380880
75512/30/194521:13New York City, New YorkEastern Air Lines14Philadelphia - New York CityDouglas DC-3NC18l2319991210The pilot, in the belief that he was encountering engine trouble, attempted a landing despite a landing approach which was too high and too fast. Initial contact with the runway was made at a point which provided insufficient room for a landing roll and at an airspeed considerable in excess of normal. The pilot was unable to bring the aircraft to a stop in time to avoid overshooting the runway. The decision of the pilot in attempting a landing from an approach which was too high and too fast.
75601/06/194603:59Birmingham, AlabamaPennsylvania Central Airlines105New York City - Birmingham, ALDouglas DC-3N2178641311130In worsening weather conditions, the plane landed fast and high while making an instrument approach to Birmingham, overran the runway, crashed through the barrier fence and into a creek. The action of the pilot in committing himself to a landing from an approach which was too high and too fast.
75701/09/1946Changchun, ChinaMilitary - Chinese Air ForceDouglas C-4718180
75801/15/194618:25Marseilles, FranceMilitary -Royal Air ForceDouglas C-47 DakotaKN5573317125230Crashed into a mountainside in a snowstorm.
75901/18/194611:03Cheshire, ConnecticutEastern Air Lines16BNew York - BostonDouglas DC-3-201ENC19970325417170The aircraft lost control and spiraled into the ground after the No. 1 engine caught on fire and the left wing separated from the aircraft. The fire, caused by the failure of a fuel line or fuel line connection, led to failure of the left wing.
76001/19/1946Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, CanadaMililtary - Royal Canadian Air ForceComox, BC - Greenwood,NSDouglas DC-3 Dakota770Collided with Mt. Ptolemy while en route.
76101/30/1946Near Le Mans, FranceMilitary - Royal Air ForceDouglas C-47BKN50016277/3302511110
76201/31/194602:47Mt. Elk, WyomingUnited Air Lines14Boise - DenverDouglas DC-3-194HNC25675214721210The aircraft crashed into Elk Mountain after the crew made an unauthorized deviation from the prescribed route at an altitude insufficient to assure adequate clearance over Elk Mountain. Flight had originally filed for 13,000 ft. But later amended the flight plan to 11,000 ft. Elk Mountain is 11,152 ft. MSL.
76302/05/1946Negros, PhilippinesMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesIloilo - CebuDouglas C-4720200Crashed into mountainous terrain while en route.
76402/21/1946Charlottetown, PE, CanadaBritish Overseas AirwaysConsolidated 32-2 Liberator IIG-AGEM261410Crashed while attempting to land. Icing.
76503/03/194608:12Live Oak Springs, CaliforniaAmerican Airlines6-103Dallas - Tucon - San DiegoDouglas DC-3-227BNC21799220327270While on approach to San Diego, the aircraft flew into Tierra Blanca Mountain at an altitude of 4,500 feet in fog, exploded and burned. The crew descended into instrument conditions to an altitude below that required to maintain clearance over Thing Mountain. The reason for the descent was not determined.
76603/05/1946Near Prague, CzechoslovakiaCeskoslovenske AerolinieParis - PraugeJunkers JU-52/3mOK-14100Crashed while approaching Ruzyne Aerodome to land.
76703/10/194620:55Off Hobart, TasmaniaAustralian National AirwaysHobart - MelbourneDouglas DC-3 (C-47DL)VH-AET601325250The aircraft crashed 10 mins after takeoff from Hobart. Inadvertent engagement of the autopilot instead of the fuel crossfeed.
76803/17/1946Near Nanking, ChinaMilitary - Chinese Air ForceShanghai - Nanking20200Crashed into mountainous terrain in low visibility while en route.
76903/18/1946Between Chungking and Shanghai, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationChunking - Shanghai139Disappeared while en route. Plane never located.
77003/19/194611:45Hobart Mills, CaliforniaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesStockton, CA - Ogden, UTDouglas C-47B45-108526260The aircraft lost its right wing and disintegrated over Donner Summit for reasons unknown.
77103/23/1946Ceylon, Cocos Islands, Indian OceanBritish Overseas Airways /QantasKarachi - AustraliaAvro 691 Lancastrian 1G-AGLX117810100Disappeared between Ceylon and the Cocos Islands while en route. Aircraft owned by BOAC and operated by both airlines on Sydney-London services (BOAC crews operated London-Karachi and Qantas crews Karachi-Sydney).
77204/05/194611:15Rabat, MaltaMilitary - Royal British NavyVickers Wellington bomberHE-2744416The Wellington was engaged in exercises with a Spitfire fighter. The fighter was using the Wellington as a dummy target and the Wellington was to take evasive action. When the bomber was between 4,000 and 5,000 feet altitude, it turned to port and started diving at 20 degrees. It kept on loosing altitude till it crashed into houses in the center of Rabat. No distress signal was transmitted to either the fighter pilot or ground control. The probable cause of the accident was leakage of hydraulifluid which somehow heated and released fumes in the cockpit rendering the crew unconcious.
77304/08/1946Near Shensi, ChinaShensi - Yenan14140
77404/22/1946Liberiad, NicaraguaTACAAN-ACC21190Crashed on takeoff.
77504/30/1946Pindi-Khut ,IndiaMilitary - Royal Air ForceDouglas C-47AFZ5591209412120Broke up in midair and crashed.
77605/10/1946Munson, FloridaMilitary U.S. Navy / Military - U.S. NavyPBY4-2 Privateer / PB4Y-2 Privateer28280Collided in midair while a fighter made practice diving maneuvers on the formation.
77705/16/194601:00Richmond, VirginiaViking Air TransportRichmond - AtlantaDouglas DC-3NC532181962627270Engine trouble after takeoff forced the crew to return to Richmond. While the crew was attempting to land a second time, an engine was shut down because it was running rough. The pilot apparently shut down the wrong engine. The plane stalled and crashed to earth, nose first. Inability of the crew to maintain adequate control of the aircraft to effect an emergency single-engine instrument approach under adverse weather conditions.
77805/22/1946Oslo, NorwayDNLOslo - StockholmJunkers JU-52/3mLN-LAB604813130Crashed into Oslo Fjord shortly after takeoff.
77906/01/194607:40Off Amalfi, ItalyMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesCairo - RomeDouglas C-54-DO (DC-4)44-90782730438300A fire of undetermined origin erupted in the cockpit. The crew was unable to control the smoke and flames, lost control and the aircraft and crashed. Eight aboard parachuted to safety.
78006/09/194613:15Near Abeokuta, NigeriaMilitary -Royal Air ForceKano - IkejaDouglas C-47 DakotaKG7472529118180Flying low to avoid poor weather, the aircraft crashed while en route from Kano to Ikeja.
78106/09/194610:30Taboga Island, PanamaMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-54D-DC (DC-4)43-172312218123230Crashed into a summit after flying below the prescribed altitude.
78206/29/1946Off MalayaMilitary - Royal Air ForceDouglas C-47BKJ91814641/2608618180Disappeared.
78306/29/1946Pau, FranceAir FranceJunkers Ju-52/3mF-BAJSAAC020320The cargo plane struck power lines and crashed while attempting to take off.
78407/09/194620:10Holyoke, MassachusettsMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesBoeing B17G43-3913625250Struck a slope on Mt. Tom during an approach to land at Westover Field.
78507/11/1946Reading, PennsylvaniaTrans Continental and Western Air513Training flightLockheed L-049 ConstellationNC865132040650The flight crashed due to an in-flight fire caused by failure of a generator lead-through stud installation in the baggage compartment causing intense heat due to electrical arching, ignition of fuselage insulation and creation of smoke rendering the crew incapable of controlling the aircraft. The plane crashed into powerlines and trees and burst into flames. The accident led to a 30-day grounding of all L-049s. The plane was named Star of Lisbon. Training flight.
78607/13/1946Tsinan, ChinaCentral Air TransportCurtiss C-4649130The aircraft crashed 1 mile from the airfiend shortly after takeoff due to engine failure.
78707/17/1946Cuenca, EcuadorANDESAGuayaquil - CuencaCurtiss C-46D-10-CUHC-SCA3298230300Overshot the runway. The pilot was unable to regain altitude and the plane crashed into a hill and burst into flames.
78807/18/194621:10Goodland, KansasMilitary - U.S. Army Air CorpsTopeka - DenverDouglas C-4713130Crashed into a field during a thunder and lightning storm.
78907/20/194612:15Off the Panama coastMilitary - (2) U.S. Army Air ForcesBoeing B-17G / Boeing B-17G4485624/448562620200The two aircraft collided in midair, 20 miles north of the Panamanian island of Coiba while searching for a missing plane. Ten died aboard each aircraft.
79007/25/1946Bassein, BurmaMilitary -Royal Air ForceDouglas C-47 DakotaKN5853321922220Crashed into a swamp soon after taking off after suffering structural failure of the left wing in adverse weather conditions.
79108/07/1946Oslo, NorwayBritish European AirwaysNortholt - OsloDouglas C-47A-10-DKG-AHCS123481630Flew into trees on Mistberget mountain at 2,000ft. while on approach to Oslo. Pilot error. Descended too early. Inexperience in radio range flying and inadequate equipment.
79208/09/1946Lakehurst, New JerseyAtlantiCentral AirlinesAtlantiCity - NewarkLockheed 18-56 Lodestar640Crashed and burned while attempting to glide in for an emergency landing at Lakhurst Field.
79308/14/1946Malta-Luqa, MaltaBOACDouglas C-47AG-AGHT10103510The port engine and, later, the starboard engine failed as the result of fuel starvation. Circumstantial evidence suggests strongly that this was caused by the inadvertent selection of the auxiliary fuel tanks which at that time contained only a small amount of fuel.
79408/20/1946Rouen, FranceBritish Overseas AirwaysAvro 691 Lancastrian 1G-AGMF1186980Descended through clouds and crashed. Premature descent by the crew without establishing their position. Training flight.
79508/21/194604:19Moline, IllinoisTrans Luxury Airlines878Teterboro - Chicago - San FranciscoDouglas C-47-DLN5187845422520While the aircraft was flying near Moline, the No. 1 engine failed. The prop was feathered and a descent initiated for an emergency landing.The aircraft overshot the landing and a go-around was executed. A left turn was made with the gear and flaps extended. The left wing touched the ground and the aircraft cartwheeled. The engine failure was caused by a No. 5 cylinder fracture.
79608/24/1946Cairo, EgyptMisrairAvro AnsonSU-ADJ1272960Crashed and caught fire.
79709/03/1946Holtug, DenmarkAir FranceCopenhagen - ParisDouglas DC-3 (C-53D-DO)F-BADB1171422220Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft crashed into a field 40 miles south of Copenhagen, exploding and bursting into flames.
79809/04/194609:15Le Bourget, FranceAir FranceParis - CroydonDouglas DC-3F-BAXD4297526201Lost altitude after losing an engine on takeoff and crashed into a factory yard.
79909/05/194602:00Elko, NevadaTrans-Luxury Airlines850New York City - San FranciscoDouglas DC-3 (C-47-A5-DL)NC57850921422210The aircraft lost contact with the ground in fog and crashed into a hillside while attempting to land at Elko Airport. A two-year-old boy was the only survivor.
80009/06/1946Bathurst, GambiaBritish South American AirwaysBathrust, - ArgentinaAvro 685 York IG-AHEW130024240The aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff after a loss of control by the captain. Loss of control by the captain for unknown reasons with mishandling of the controls the most likely explanation. The aircraft was named 'Star Leader.'
80109/07/1946Nome, AlaskaMt. McKinley AirfreightDouglas C-47A440The cargo plane went off course and struck a fog covered mountain as it circled to land.
80209/15/1946Estevan, Saskatchewan, CanadaMilitary - Royal Canadian Air ForceDouglas C-47A Dakota9621254421210The pilot lost control of the aircraft after attempting a go-around maneuver.
80309/17/194601:17Brussels, BelgiumSabenaBrussels - CroydonDouglas C-47-DLOO-AUR4549710During its climb the plane rolled and crashed into hangers. Loss of airspeed for undetermined reasons.
80401/22/1947Puesto Araujo, ColombiaAVIANCABogota - BarrancabermejaDouglas DC-3 ( C-47-DO)C-108482917170Crashed in the jungles of the Magdalena river valley.
80509/18/194607:42Near Gander, NewfoundlandSabenaBrussels - Shannon - Gander - New York CityDouglas DC-4-1009OO-CBG4298644270The aircraft crashed 24 mi SW of the runway at Gander. Improper approach by pilot in poor weather.
80609/19/1946Near Tripoli, LibyaMilitary -Royal Air ForceSt. Mawan, England - Almaza, EgyptAvro LancasterNX69025250Crashed after possibly being hit by lightning.
80709/20/1946Lochi Mountain, ChinaChina National Aviation Corporation31310Crashed into a 14,000 ft. mountain.
80809/25/194609:31Near Hong Kong International AirportMilitary - Royal Air ForceHong Kong - SingaporeDouglas C-47B-25-DKKN41416091/3283919190The aircraft departed Hong Kong, Runway 31, climbing to a height of 700-800 feet. At that point the airplane lost control and crashed. The Dakota possibly stalled after encountering turbulence from the foothills.
80909/27/1946Rio Doce, BrazilPanair do BrasilBelo Horizonte - Rio de JanerioDouglas DC-3A-228DPP-PCH408725250Crashed into a mountainside north of Rio de Janerio.
81010/03/194603:30Stephenville, NewfoundlandAmerican Overseas AirlinesGander - ShannonDouglas C-54E-5-DONC909042729039390Took off from Gander and flew in a straight line into a mountain ridge 71 miles from the airport. The aircraft was named 'Flagship New England.' It can be concluded that the captain was not alert to the procedure necessary for a safe climb from the runway. The action of the pilot in maintaining the direction of take-off toward higher terrain over which adequate clearance could not be gained.
81110/06/194607:30Off Penang, MalayaMilitary -Royal Air ForceAvro 685 York 1MW12521210Crashed in the Strait of Malacca while en route.
81210/07/194611:20Apeldoorn, The NetherlandsMilitary - Royal Netherlands Naval Air ServiceFairey Firefly MK1PP5261122The pilot of the single engine fighter made an unauthorized flight to Apeldoorn and began flying low to attract attention. The aircraft lost altitude during a maneuver and crashed into a high school killing 22 on the ground.
81310/08/194604:33Cheyenne, WyomingUnited Air Lines28San Francisco - Cheyenne - ChicagoDouglas DC-4N30051104714120After two landing attempts, the pilot tried to land on a different runway. The wing struck the ground and the plane skidded 800 ft. A loss of altitude during a turn preparatory to a final approach while the pilot was manoeuvring in an attempt to land. The aircraft was named 'Mainliner Lake Michigan.'
81410/10/1946Near Sefrou, MoroccoAir OceanParis - CasablancaJunkers Ju-52/3mF-BCAAAAC28116160Crashed into a mountain while en route.
81510/17/194600:57Laramie, WyomingNational Air Transport Services942Oakland - ChicagoDouglas DC-3NC389421297113130Crashed during a snowstorm into prairie lands while attempting to land at Laramie. Weather conditions were deteriorating rapidly and worse than predicted. The action of the pilot in maneuvering the aircraft at a dangerously low altitude under extremely adverse weather conditions in an attempt to land. A contributing factor was the negligence of the pilot in planning a flight into an area in which adverse weather conditions were forecast without making adequate provisions for a suitable alternate airport.
81610/17/1946Near Chitral, IndiaMilitary - Royal Air ForceDouglas C-47BKN23615659/2710411110Struck an 11,000 ft. mountain.
81710/23/1946Gebel Kalamoun, EgyptSocotraParis - CairoJunkers JU-52/3mF-BCHDAAC3112410The plane crashed into a hill after attempting to make a forced landing after running out of fuel.
81811/01/1946St Leger-la-Montagne, FranceCTA LanguedoRoussillonParis - Toulouse - CasablancaAAC-1 ToucanF-BCAD28427230Crashed into mountains while en route. The pilot descended to lower altitiude to rid the plane of ice.
81911/11/194603:30Cleveland, OhioUnited Air Lines404Chicago - ClevelandDouglas DC-3 (C-53D-DO)N1994748732020Struck power lines and trees and crashed 500 feet short of the runway. The error of the pilot in establishing an approach toward an area not cleared for landing as a result of having mistaken the end markers of Runway 23 for those of Runway 31. A contributing factor was the failure of the pilot to abandon his attempt to land at Cleveland Airport when confronted with weather conditions below the minimums prescribed for that airport.
82011/13/194603:41Lebec, CaliforniaWestern Airlines23Palmdale - BurbankDouglas C-53D-DO (DC-3)NC186451166211110The aircraft crashed into White Mountain at an elevation of 6,000 feet, in rain and 70 mph winds after being blown off course while on a heading from Palmdale to Newhall. Possible downdraft. The action of the pilot in making an instrument letdown without previously establishing a positive radio fix. This action was aggravated by conditions of severe static, wind in excess of anticipated velocities, preoccupation with an unusual amount of radio conversation, and the inoperative Newhall radio range.
82111/13/194608:18Near Cofre de Perote, MexicoEmpressa Commun. Aéreas de VeracruzMexico City - VeracruzDouglas DC-3XA-FOZ15150Crashed into an 11,000 ft. mountain obscured by clouds.
82211/14/1946Amsterdam, NetherlandsKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesLondon - AmsterdamDouglas C-47A-90 DL (DC-3)PH-TBW2012226260The flight crashed during a third landing attempt in inclement weather. The pilot, not lined up with the runway, made a sharp left turn. The wing hit the ground and the aircraft exploded in flames.
82311/16/194623:30North PacifiOceanMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesGuam - Iwo JimaDouglas C-4723230Made a 360 degree turn and dove into the sea, 15 miles off Iwo Jima .
82411/26/194610:30San Jose, Costa RicaLineas Aéreas Costarricenses LACSADouglas DC-3 (C-47A-90-DL)RX-762059022220Struck Cedrel mountain while making an approach to San Jose.
82511/30/1946El Palomar, ArgentinaFuerza Aérea ArgentinaVickers 620 Viking 1T-11131850Following engine failure, the captain lost control and crashed while trying to land.
82612/04/1946Meshed, IranAeroflotMeshed - TeheranLisunov Li-224240Crashed shortly after takeoff from Meshed airport.
82712/10/1946Toledo, WashingtonMilitary - U.S. Marine CorpsMiramar NAS, California - Sand Point NB, SeattleCurtiss-Wright R5C-13952832320The crew reported picking up ice before disappearing without a trace while en route. The last reported positon was 30 miles south of Toledo, Washington. Found 11 months later at Mt. Rainer.
82812/10/194613:10Near Osaka, JapanMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesCurtiss-Wright C-46F-CU44-786042242724240Crashed 3 miles southwest of Itami Air Base shortly after taking off. Loss of engine power for reasons unknown.
82912/14/1946Mt. Banahaur, PhilippinesFar Eastern Air TransportGrace Park AF - LucenaDouglas DC-3 (C-47-B-1-DK)PI-C-125436/1399114120Crashed into tree tops on Mt. Banahaur. The pilot and 1 passenger survived.
83012/17/1946Caribbean, AtlantiOceanWinged Cargo Inc.Kingston, Jamaca - San JoseDouglas C-47ANC888769249770Disappeared en route. Never found.
83112/23/1946Near Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFAMA (Argentina)London - Buenos Aires.Avro 685 York ILV-XIG136521210Poor weather at the destination airport forced the crew to divert to Rio de Janeiro. While approaching to land the aircraft flew into a mountain, 14 miles from the airport.
83212/24/194619:19Near San Diego, CaliforniaWestern Airlines44Holtville - San DiegoDouglas DC-3 ( C-53D-DO)NC4539542-6871512120Crashed east slope of Cuyapaipe Mountain at 6,120 ft. in San Diego County in poor weather conditions. The conduct of the flight at an altitude which would not clear obstructions, due to an error by the pilot in determining his position with respect to Laguna Mountain.
83312/25/1946Lunghwa, Shanghai, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationCurtiss C-46, C-47, DC-3115874Various accidents involving three aircraft unable to land in dense fog and a ground collision involving a fourth plane led to 91 deaths.
83412/28/194609:19Michigan City, IndianaAmerican Airlines2207Buffalo - ChicagoDouglas DC-3 (C-50A-DO)N1557748052120Crashed after loosing power in both engines due to fuel starvation. The accumulation of carburetor ice following the loss of power in both engines as a result of fuel starvation. The reason for fuel starvation could not be determined.
83512/28/1946Walshville, IllinoisKansas City Southern SkywaysFlint, MI - Washville, ILDouglas C-47ANC580249378220The cargo plane crashed after both engines failed. Fuel exhaustion.
83612/28/194602:09Near Shannon, IrelandTrans Continental and Western Air6963Paris - ShannonLockheed 049 ConsellationNC86505202623130Crashed 1 mile from the airport on an island situated on the Fergus River. Inaccurate altimeter reading caused by the reversal of the primary and statisource lines which resulted in the pilot making his approach at too low an altitude. Also, restriction of vision from the cockpit because of fogging of an unheated windshield.
83701/03/1947Sao Paulo, BrazilPanair do BrasilSikorsky S-43B (flying boat)PP-PBN431514110Crashed into the Solimoes extension of the Amazon river.
83801/05/194720:00Carmel, New JerseyNationwide Air TransportMiami - Raleigh - WashingtonDouglas DC-3N50046343732330The aircraft diverted from Washington to Millville because of heavy traffiin the Washington area. Near fuel exhaustion forced the crew to carry out an emergency landing. While maneuvering to find a suitable location during heavy snow, the aircraft struck trees and crashed. Failure of the Weather Bureau to anticipate below minimum conditions north and south of Washington. Failure of CAA to transmit the flight plan to Millville in sufficient time to alert that station to the arrival of the flight.
83901/05/1947Tsingtao, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationShanghai - TsingtaoDouglas DC-4XT-T5138380Crashed into a mountain while on approach.
84001/11/1947Off Laoag, ChinaFar Eastern Air TransportShanghai - ManilaDouglas DC-4 (C-54A-DO)PI-C10031064270The plane ditched into the PacifiOcean 80 miles west of Laoaq after a fire broke out in the No. 2 engine.
84101/11/1947Near Lympne, EnglandBritish Overseas AirwaysLondon - BordeauxDouglas C-47A-1-DKG-AGJX120141680Ran out of fuel and crashed after not being able to land at Bordeaux or Paris and attempting to land at Lympne. Poor planning and operation by the crew. Poor weather conditions encountered throughout the flight. Crew unfamilar with route.
84201/12/194701:38Near Galax, VirginiaEastern Air Lines665Akron, OH - Winston/Salem, NCDouglas DC-3NC88872327419180The aircraft flew into the ground at an altitude of 2,500 ft., 63 miles northwest of Winston-Salem. The pilot took an unapproved route and let down without having positively determined the position of the aircraft. A contributing factor was the erroneous navigation of the pilot which on at least two occasions led him to believe that he was farther south than he actually was.
84301/14/194709:00Near Puebla, MexicoMilitary - Mexican Air ForcePuebla - OaxacaLockheed C-60 Lodestar60-0321210Crashed and burned moments after takeoff. Failure of the right engine.
84401/25/1947Chongqing, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationCanton - Chungking - Hong KongDouglas DC-319190Crashed into mountains 120 miles south of Chunking.
84501/25/1947Croydon, Surrey, EnglandSpencer Airways / Ceskoslovenske AerolinieGuangzhou - ChongqingDouglas C-47 / Douglas DC-3VP-YFD/OK-WDB19979 / 950323120Just after becoming airborne, the plane never gained altitude, overran the runway and crashed into a Ceskoslovenske Dakota. Twelve killed on the Spencer Airways none on the Ceskoslovenske. Loss of control by the captain of the Spencer Airways plane, who, when attempting to take-off a heavily loaded aircraft in poor visibility allowed it to become airborne in a semi-stalled condition.
84601/25/1947Hong KongPhilippine Air LinesDouglas C-47API-C1213508440The cargo plane struck Mt. Parker on approach.
84701/26/194715:30Copenhagen, DenmarkKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesKobenhavn - StockholmDouglas C- C47A-30DKPH-TCR2547922220During takeoff from Kobenhavn-Kastrup Airport, ,the aircraft rose to a height of 150 feet and then crashed to the ground in a fireball. Failure to remove the elevator locking pins prior to takeoff. Singer Grace Moore, 48, and Swedish crown prince, Gustav Adolf, 41, among those killed.
84801/28/1947Near Hankow, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationShanghai - Hankow - ChungkingCurtiss C-4626250Crashed while en route about 30 minutes after takeoff.
84902/01/1947Near Lisbon, PortugalAir FranceParis - Bordeaux - LisbonDouglas DC-3CF-BAXQ2525116150Crashed into Cintra mountain while on approach in poor weather condtions.
85002/05/1947Harrington, DelawareInternational Air FreightNew York, NY - Raleigh, NCDouglas DC-3NC5445113873/25318310The cargo plane diverted to Harrington after a No. 2 engine rpm reduction. The plane approached downwind, overshot and struck some trees. Fuel contamination.
85102/06/1947Pedro Bernardo, SpainAerovias Cuba InternationalHavana - Lisbon - MadridDouglas C-54B-15-DONC445671838612120Crashed in Gredos mountain range about 100 miles west of Madrid while en route. The plane was named 'Ruta de Colon.'
85202/14/194704:20Denver, ColoradoSlick AirwaysOmaha, NE - Denver, COCurtiss C-46ENC594862944220Cargo flight. The momentary loss of control or overcontrol by the pilot at a critically low altitude in the final stages of an ILS approach. A contributing factor was the failure of the safety pilot to remain alert to the altitude of the aircraft.
85302/15/194709:30Off Terracina, ItalyMilitary - Corrieri Aerei MilitariRome - CairoSavoia-Marchetti SM-95I-ABQH4100316160Disappeared and crashed into the ocean just off the coast of Terracina in clear weather. On board were an Egyptian Princess and her court. The cause remains unknown although sabotage is a possibility.
85402/15/194712:18Near Bogota, ColombiaAVIANCABarranquilla - BogotaDouglas DC-4C-1141043953530The plane crashed into Mt. El Tabalazo at 10,500 feet in fog while en route.
85502/21/194716:00Chungking, ChinaMilitary - Chinese Air ForceSichang - ChungkingDouglas C-4721210Crashed while attempting to land. Ran into heavy icing. One wing broke off.
85602/26/1947China Sea, PacifiOceanMilitary - Royal Air ForceSingapore - SiagonDouglas C-47BKK12015129/2657412120Disappeared while en route.
85703/08/1947Cordillera, ColombiaVIARCOVillavicencio - BogotaDouglas C-47-DLC-4004792990Crashed in the Cordillera mountain range while en route.
85803/08/1947L'isola di Ischia, ItalyMilitary - Royal Air ForceDouglas C-47BKK12215131/2657613130Struck a mountain.
85903/14/194714:00Mt. Moucherolles, FranceAir FranceLyons - Nice - ParisDouglas DC-3 (C-47A-90-DL)F-BAXO2048823230Flew into 4,000 foot Mt. Moucherolles, 25 miles south of Grenoble. The crash started an avalanche which buried most of the wreckage.
86003/17/194708:05Near Medellin, ColombiaTACAMedellin, Colombia - San Jose, Costa RicaLockheed 18 LodestarYS-282450880Crashed shortly after taking off.
86103/18/1947Negombo, Sri LankaMilitary - Royal Air ForceAvro York C1MW19815110Failed engine on takeoff. Could not maintain altitude, lost control, struck trees and crashed.
86204/08/1947Near Caracas, VenezuelaLinea Aeropostal VenezolanaDouglas C-47AYV-C-ALO27270Crashed 40 miles east of Caracas while en route.
86304/13/1947Off Dakar, SenegalBritish South American AirwaysLisbon - DakarAvro 685 York IG-AHEZ13031560The plane crashed while making a third landing attempt. Unwise decision to try a third landing attempt. No approach lights. No radio facilities.
86404/22/194710:40Columbus, GeorgiaDelta Air LinesDouglas DC-3 (C-47DL) /Vultee BT-13N49657 / N55312906610100A private plane landed on top of the DC-3 while it was taking off. After rising to a height of 150 ft., the tail of the DC-3 was forced down and both planes crashed in flames. All 9 killed aboard the DC-3 and one aboard the private plane were killed. The failure of the pilot in the BT-13 to fly a standard left hand pattern in his approach to the airport and to keep a diligent lookout for other traffic.
86502/24/194908:00Near Cuzco, PeruTAM (Peru)Cuzco - LimaDouglas C-4726220The aircraft lost control and crashed following a blown tire on takeoff.
86604/28/194723:13Near Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaTrans Canada Air Lines3Lethbridge - VancouverLockheed 18 LoadstarCF-TDF18-224815150The aircraft disappeared while en route from Lethbridge, Alberta to Vancouver, British Columbia. The last known position was over Vancouver Airport. The wreckage was discovered and identified in September 1994 in a remote area, 10 miles north of Vancouver near Mt. Seymour.
86705/11/194709:39Delaware Bay, New JerseyTrans Continental and Western AirTrainingLockheed L-049 ConstellationNC865082029440Went into a turn and lost control, spiraled into the ground. Loss of control of the aircraft for reasons undetermined.
86805/29/1947Hjedinsfjordur, IcelandFlugefelagReykjavík - AkureyriDouglas DC-3TF-ISI1338925250Crashed on the north coast of Iceland in poor weather.
86905/29/194722:45Atsugi, JapanMilitary - U.S. Army Air ForcesDouglas C-54D-DC (DC-4)42-725531065840400Turned the wrong way while attempting to land and slammed into a mountain, bursting into flames.
87005/29/194719:05La Guardia Airport, Queens, New YorkUnited Air Lines521New York City - ClevelandDouglas C-54BNC300461832448430The aircraft overran the runway during an attempted takeoff, crashed and caught fire. Either the failure of the pilot to release the gust lock before take-off or his decision to discontinue the take-off because of apprehension resulting from rapid use of a short runway under a possible calm wind condition.
87105/30/194717:41Port Deposit, MarylandEastern Air Lines605Newark - Baltimore - MiamiDouglas C-54B-15-DONC888141838053530While on approach to Baltimore at 4,000 ft., the plane suddenly went into a nose dive, inverted and crashed. Possible problems with the elevator. The official cause was never determined.
87206/04/194723:00Near Gemenos, FranceAir FranceMarseille - LyonJunkers Ju-52F-BANBAAC136220The cargo plane struck high ground while en route.
87306/11/1947Natal, ArgentinaFlota Aérea Mercante ArgentinaBuenos Aires - NatalAvro LancasterLV-ACS1850Struck an obstacle on landing.
87406/13/194718:16Leesburg, VirginiaPennsylvania Central Airlines410Pittsburgh - Washington D.C.Douglas DC-4 (C-54-DO)NC88842311250500The aircraft crashed into a ridge at Lookout Rock, 8 miles SE of Charles Town, WV during a rainstorm. The action of the pilot in descending below the minimum en route altitude under conditions of weather which prevented adquate visual reference to the ground. A contributing cause was the faulty clearance given by ATC.
87506/19/194723:40Al Mayadin, SyriaPan American World Airways121Karachi - IstanbulLockheed 049-46-21 ConstellationNC88845204536140While on a flight originating in New York and making its inaugural westbound flight of round-the-world service, the aircraft's No. 1 engine failed half-way on a leg from Karachi to Istanbul. Due to closed airports and inadequate repair facilities, the pilot chose to continue to its destination. Several hours later, the remaining engines overheated and the No.2 engine caught fire causing the plane to crash. Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek) was a deadheading Pan Am pilot aboard, who helped rescue many of the passengers. The crash was blamed on Pan Am's failure to replace the No. 2 engine which had experienced several problems earlier. A fire which resulted from an attempt to feather the No. 2 propeller after the failure of the No. 2 engine thrust bearing. The aircraft was named Clipper Eclipse.
87607/01/1947Near Eaeka, French CameroonsAir FranceYaounde - DoualaJunkers JU-52/3mF-BALF09113130Crashed while en route.
87707/13/194704:30Melbourne, FloridaBurke Air TransportNewark - MiamiDouglas DC-3NC79024988736140The aircraft, on a charter flight from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico, crashed into a swamp while attempting to make an emergency landing. Loss of an engine due to a fuel flow problem led to loss of altitude and a crash landing. Six spark plugs in the right engine were found to be defective. A defect found in the carburetor may have contributed to excessive fuel loss. Crew fatigue contributed to the accident.
87807/15/1947Vichy ,FranceAero CargoParis - VichyJunkers Ju-52/3mF-BCHHAAC3231910Lost control while landing and crashed.
87907/16/1947Az-Zubair, IranBritish Overseas AirwaysCairo - BasrahAvro 685 YorkG-AGMR1219660During a fourth landing attempt the plane touched down, power was applied but the plane crashed in a wooded area beyond the runway. An error on the part of the pilot in continuing the flight in unsuitable weather conditions coupled with lack of cooperation by the ATC.
88007/25/1947Moron, ArgentinaFlota Aérea Mercante ArgentinaTest flightAvro 685 York ILV-XIH1366622Struck a truck while attempting to land.
88107/31/1947Near Yumen, ChinaMilitary - Chinese Air ForceTihua - LanzhouDouglas C-4726260Disappeared while en route.
88208/02/194717:40Andes, ArgentinaBritish South American AirwaysBuenos Aires - SantiagoAvro 691 Lancastrian 3G-AGWH128011110Crash in the Andes mountains in poor weather while flying from Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago, Chile. The plane was found on the south slope of Tupungato peak at the 18,000 ft. level on January 19, 2000, 53 years later. Possibly icing or possibly the aircraft, being capable of flying over 20,000 feet, encountered strong head winds and began a descent thinking they were over their destination when they were not. The plane was named 'Star Dust.'
88308/06/1947North PacifiOceanMilitary - U.S. NavyKodiak - Dutch HarborConsolidated PBY-5A Catalina3403220200Disappeared while en route. The last message from the aircraft was it was 150 miles from its destination and battling strong head winds.
88408/08/194718:49New York, New YorkAmerican AirlinesNew York - BuffaloDouglas DC-3CNX8878719639530Cargo flight. Lost an engine on takeoff and decided to return to the airport. Following an attempted landing, a miss approach procedure was attempted for a second landing without sufficient air speed for single engine operation.
88508/09/1947Malmo, SwedenAB AerotransportAmsterdam - MalmoDouglas DC-3FSE-BAY19559510The cargo plane overran the runway and crashed into high ground.
88608/13/1947Bucharest, RomaniaTransporturile Aeriene Romano-SovieticeConstanta - BucharestLisunov Li-2YR-TAV18423801330
88708/21/194706:11Hanksville, UtahSlick AirwaysCurtiss C-46ENC594882935330The cargo plane entered a thunderstorm and struck Blue Bell Knoll Mountain. The continuation of the flight into instrument weather conditions over mountainous terrain at an altitude too low to clear the mountains en route.
88808/23/1947Bahrain, Persian GulfBritish Overseas AirwaysKarachi - BahrainShort Sandringham 5 (flying boat)G-AHZBSH-38C26100Heavy water landing. The captain misjudged the approach and allowed the aircraft to touchdown heavily, short of the flarepath. He then failed to maintain control during the bounce and the aircraft struck the water in a nose-down attitude.
88908/28/1947Harsiad, NorwayNorwegian AirlinesTromso - OsloShort Sandringham (flying boat)LN-IAVSH-48C35350Crashed into 13,000 foot mountain.
89010/08/194707:55Near El Paso, TexasAmerican Airlines311New York City - Dallas - Los AngelesDouglas DC-4NC9043210314/DC455400While cruising at 8,000 ft. in clear weather, the aircraft went into steep dive which the co-pilot was able to pull out of at 350 feet from the ground. As a prank, a captain riding in the jump seat, engaged the gust lock in flight. The command pilot, not knowing the gust lock was engaged, rolled the elevator trim tab with no response. When the jump seat captain disengaged the gust lock,the aircraft went into a steep dive, executed part of an outside roll and become inverted. Neither the command nor jump seat captain had seat belts on and they accidentally feathered No. 1, 2 and 4 engines when they hit the controls with their heads. No one realized it at the time but the feathering reduced power and allowed the co-pilot, who was strapped in, to pull out of the dive.
89110/16/1947Sylva, North CarolinaStratofreightCharlotte, NC - Gainsville, GADouglas DC-3330The cargo plane struck a mountain en route.
89210/16/1947Off Cartegena, SpainSociete Aerienne du LittoralMarseille - OranBristol 170 Freighter IF-BCJN1278843410Crashed into the sea following engine failure.
89310/24/194712:29Bryce Canyon, UtahUnited Air Lines608Los Angeles - New York CityDouglas DC-6NC3751042875/1753530Fire was reported on board the aircraft before it crashed. An almost identical accident with the same cause occurred on 11/11/47. The flight crew transferred fuel either intentionally or inadvertently from the No. 4 alternate tanks to the No. 3 alternate tanks and failed to stop the transfer process in time to avoid overflowing the No. 3 alternate tank. Gasoline flowed through the No. 3 alternate vent line, out the vent, and was carried back by the slip stream, entering the cabin heater combustion air intake scoop. When the cabin heater came on an explosion and fire occurred. The fire was fueled by magnesium flares strored in the cabin heater compartment. Caused by a design flaw in the aircraft which allowed vented fuel to be carried back into the cabin heater air intake.
89410/26/194713:45Annette Island, AlaskaPan American World Airways923Seattle - JuneauDouglas DC-4ANC889201031718180The aircraft crashed into Tamgas Mountain after abandoning an approach to Annette Island because of extreme turbulence and radioing its intentions to proceed to Juneau. Possible severe turbulence or icing. Official cause unknown. The aircraft was named Clipper Talisman II.
89510/26/194717:20Near Mt. Hymettus, GreeceAB Aerotransport1629Istanbul-Athens-Rome-Geneve-Copenhagen-StockholmDouglas DC-4-1009SE-BBG42930/4544440The aircraft crashed into Mt. Hymettus while on approach to Hassani Airport in a severe rainstorm. The captain, John Douglas, probably tried to force the landing due to the weather conditions, when the belly of the aircraft hit the summit, resulting in loss of control, crash and fire. The pilot did not properly follow IFR procedures. The wreckage was found the next morning with the corpses of the victims plundered (the victim's pockets were found to be turned inside-out). The aircraft was named 'Sunnan.'
89610/31/1947Srinagar, IndiaMilitary - Royal Indian Air ForceDouglas C-47BM196525250
89711/02/1947Off Barrio Rizal, PhilippinesPhilippine Air ExpressDouglas DC-3550The cargo plane crashed into the ocean.
89811/11/1947Gallup, New MexicoAmerican Airlines10San Francisco - Chicago - New YorkDouglas DC-6NC9074143046/922500The aircraft was on a flight from San Francisco to Chicago when fire was reported on board. The aircraft crashed landed but there were no fatalities. An almost identical accident with the same cause occurred on 10/24/47. The flight crew transferred fuel either intentionally or inadvertently from the No. 4 alternate tanks to the No. 3 alternate tanks and failed to stop the transfer process in time to avoid overflowing the No. 3 alternate tank. Gasoline flowed through the No. 3 alternate vent line, out the vent, and was carried back by the slipstream, entering the cabin heater combustion air intake scoop. When the cabin heater came on, an explosion and fire occurred. Caused by a design flaw in the aircraft design which allowed vented fuel to be suck into the fresh air inlet.
89911/13/1947Near Bouchox, FranceSociété Auxiliare de Navigation AérienneJunkers Ju-52/3mF-BDYHAAC401220The cargo plane struck a mountain en route.
90011/18/1947Ravello, ItalyTrafik-Turist-TransportflygCatania - RomeBristol 170 Freighter XISE-BNG1279225200Strayed off course, stuck tree tops and then crashed into Mt. Santa Maria del Monte. Pilot's failure to realize the plane strayed off course and was in mountainous territory.
90111/18/194713:00Newcastle, DelawareTrans Continental and Western AirTrainingLockheed L-049-46-26 ConstellationNC865072028550Crashed short of the runway and burst into flames. The inadvertent landing of the aircraft short of the runway.
90211/21/1947Phouznicie, RomaniaTARSBucurest - PragueLisunov Li-2YR-TAI1842350926130Crashed and burned on 2,000 ft. Tabor Peak in fog.
90311/27/1947Yakutat, AlaskaColumbia Air CargoAnchorage - YakutatDouglas DC-3NC95486606513130Crashed into trees while on approach to Yakutat. Failure to follow the approved instrument approach procedures while making an initial approach at an altitude insufficient to clear trees along the flight path.
90411/27/194704:20Montenegrin Mountains, YugoslaviaJAT Yugoslav AirlinesDouglas DC-3YU-ABC22220The aircraft crashed and burned 2 miles from Titograd airport while attempting to land in a snowstorm.
90511/27/1947China National Aviation CorporationDouglas DC-3320The cargo plane was shot down by communist anti -aircraft fire.
90611/28/194714:10Near Trappa, ItalyMilitary - U.S. Air ForceDouglas C-47B43-4873620200Drifting 30 miles off the prescribed course, the aircraft crashed into snow covered mountains. The wreckage was discovered 8 months later.
90711/30/194714:25Seattle, WashingtonAlaska Airlines009Anchorage - SeattleDouglas C-54ANC-9100974532881The plane attempted to land at Boeing Field but aborted the landing because of low ceiling and visibility. During a second landing attempt, the aircraft touched down 2,748 feet beyond the approach end of Runway 20, ran past the end of the runway, hit an automobile killing one person, crashed into a ditch and burst into flames. Caused by the landing of the airplane too far from the approach end of a wet runway and at a speed too great to accomplish a full stop on the runway.
90812/10/194700:20Near Goose Bay, LabradorMilitary - U.S. Air ForceGoose Bay - Westover Field, MSDouglas C-54D-DC (DC-4)42-725721067729230The aircraft crashed and burned in a wooded area shortly after taking off from Goose Bay. Snow falling at the time of the accident was a factor.
90912/11/194718:10Near Memphis, TennesseeMilitary - U.S. Air ForceDouglas C-47-DK44-763663269820200After preparing to land, the aircraft went into a right-hand spiral and crashed for reasons unknown.
91012/23/1947Kunming, ChinaAir TransportShort S-29 Stirling VOO-XAC30250
91112/27/1947Korangi Creek, IndiaAir IndiaKarachi - BombayDouglas DC-3 (C-47)VT-AUG417523230The aircraft lost control and crashed just after taking off. The captain losing control in conditions of poor visibility, resulted in the aircraft flying into the ground. The loss of control was most likely caused by inadequate illumination of the flying instruments due to faults in the lighting system. Decision to take off in poor weather conditions and faulty lighting system.
91212/28/194712:00Leon, MexicoServicio Aéreo PaniniDorango - Leon - Mexico CityDouglas DC-2-172XA-GEE1408953Crashed near the Leon publisquare and destroyed 3 homes. Lost an engine while taking off and was attempting to return to the airport.
91301/06/1948Paris, FranceAir FranceBrussels - ParisDouglas DC-3DF-BAXC4297216160Crashed into trees a few hundred yards away from the runway while attempting to land at Le Bourget Airport.
91401/06/1948Ruislip, EnglandBritish European AirwaysRenfrew - NortholtVickers 610 Viking 1BG-AHPK1481810After two or three failed approaches, the plane struck trees and crashed into a field. Poor judgment on the part of the pilot attempting to land in VFR conditions in limited visibility and poor weather conditions and not diverting to another airport.
91501/07/194807:45Near Savannah, GeorgiaCoastal Air LinesCharlston - SavannahDouglas DC-3N603311296827180After both engines stopped in flight and attempts to restart them failed, the aircraft banked sharply, stalled and crashed 10 miles east northeast of Savannah. The fuel selector valves were positioned so that both engines were supplied fuel from only one of the auxilliary tanks until the fuel was exhausted and control of the plane was lost.
91601/08/1948Near Palestro, AlgeriaTransport Comp. Algerienne de T.A.Algiers - BiskraDouglas DC-3F-BDLG0275990Crashed into a mountainside.
91701/11/1948Ciudad Havajillo, Dominican RepublicDominicanaDouglas DC-3HI-6473531310
91801/13/194804:36Oxon Hill, MarylandEastern Air Lines572Atlanta - Washington D.C.Douglas DC-3-201FNC283844092950The aircraft crashed during approach, 5.2 miles short of the runway, in poor weather conditions. Failure of the crew to follow prescribed procedures and maintain a safe altitude during an ILS approach.
91901/20/1948Near Mukden, ChinaChina National Aviation CorporationCurtiss C-461130The heavily loaded plane rose 50 ft. into the air, nosed down and crashed in a snowstorm
92008/09/1949Salalah, OmanMilitary - Royal Air ForceDouglas C-47BKN33615901/3264912120Crashed short of the runway.
92101/28/194810:50Diablo Mts., CaliforniaAirline Transport CarriersBurbank - OaklandDouglas DC-3 (C-47B-DK)NC3648016850/3359832320The crew took the wrong plane which was scheduled for maintenance. An in-flight fire caused the engine and then wing to separate from the aircraft and crash out of control. Tests showed a fuel pump was broken in the left engine and would spray gasoline out where it could be ignited by the exhaust. The failure of the left wing in flight as a result of damage by fire which had its source in a defective left engine driven fuel pump.
92201/30/194803:00AtlantiOcean, NE of BermudaBritish South American AirwaysLondon - HavanaAvro 688 Tudor IG-AHNP134931310The aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed into the AtlantiOcean, 340 miles from Bermuda, after running into strong headwinds and being blown off course while flying the leg from the Azores to Bermuda. Official cause unknown. The aircraft was named Star Tiger.
92302/07/194813:27Off Jacksonville, FloridaEastern Air Lines611Lockheed L-649 ConstellationNC112A25336910The No. 3 propeller failed and penetrated the fuselage killing a purser.The failure of a propeller blade due to high stresses induced by accumulative engine malfunctioning.
92402/12/1948Ubrichstein, GermanyDet Danske LuftfartselskabGiessen - Bad HombergDouglas DC-3OY-DCI733021120Crashed while on approach to Frankfurt.
92502/20/1948Collesalvetti, ItalySocietà Aerea TeseoFlorence - RomeDouglas C-47-DLI-REGI43121070The pilot chose to fly the short distance between Florence and Rome below the cloud base. The weather suddenly became worse and the plane entered clouds at low level, drifted off course and struck a hill.
92602/21/1948Off St. Marcouf, FranceLatecoere AirlinesLatecoere 631F-BDRD0714140The aircraft was seen at Ste. Mere l'Eglise where it passed very low in poor weather and snow showers before crashing into the sea.
92702/23/1948Davao, PhilippinesCommercial AirwaysDouglas DC-3PI-C26212120Crashed 5 minutes after taking off from Mati.
92802/25/194806:00Columbus, OhioBruning AviationPittsburgh, PA - Columbus, OHDouglas C-47ANC3649812527220The cargo plane struck trees while attempting to land.The continuation of an instrument approach below an altitude sufficient to clear the terrain en route.
92902/27/1948Near Belem, BrazilMilitary - Brazilian Air ForceRio de Janerio, Brazil - Cayenne, French GuiananDouglas C-47C-47-204026230The plane, carrying Brazilian service personnel and their dependents crashed and burned while en route.
93003/02/1948Off Perpignan, FranceSociété de Transports AériensJunkers Ju-52/3mF-BBYCAAC223440The cargo flight crashed into the sea.
93103/02/194821:14Heathrow Airport, London, EnglandSabenaBrussels - LondonDouglas DC-3OO-AWH4315422200The plane crashed during a ground control approach in poor weather conditions. Misjudgement by the pilot when attempting to land at night in conditions of low visibility. Last DC-3 built.
93203/07/1948Near Skalafell, IcelandLoftleidir IcelandiAirlinesAvro AnsonTF-RVL4185550Crashed into a mountain.
93303/10/194822:58Chicago, IllinoisDelta Air Lines700Chicago - MiamiDouglas DC-4NC374781839013120During takeoff, the aircraft went into a near vertical climb to an altitude of 500 - 800 feet, stalled and crashed. Loss of longitudinal control of the airplane for reasons undetermined.
93403/12/194821:14Mt. Sanford, AlaskaNorthwest Orient Airlines4422Anchorage - New York CityDouglas DC-4 (C-54G-1-DO)NC9542235966/DO36030300On a charter flight from Lunghwa Airport, Shanghai to La Guardia Airport, New York the plane crashed into the western slope of Mt. Sanford at an altitude of 11,000 feet after taking off from Anchorage, Alaska. Pilot's failure to see Mt. Sanford due to obscuring clouds or aurora borealis while flying a course off the airway.
93503/13/1948Sierra Cristais, BrazilCruzeiroDouglas DC-3PP-CBX11658660Struck the Sierra Cristais.
93603/15/1948Villa Pinzon, ColombiaAgencia Interamericana de AviadaDouglas DC-3 (C47-DL)C-1002625215140
93703/27/1948Monte Cardo, Corsica, FranceIndian National AirlinesDelhi - LondonVickers 604 Viking 1BVT-CEL16619190Crashed into a 7,800 ft. mountain while en route.
93804/05/1948Near Berlin, GermanyBritish European Airways / Military - Soviet Air ForceVickers Viking 1B & Soviet YAK-3 fighterG-AIVP22915150The aircraft was circling Gatow in preparation for landing when the DC-3 collided head on with the Russian Air Force Yakovlev 3 fighter, which was performing aerobatics. A total of 14 killed on the Vickers Viking and one on the YAK fighter. The collision was caused by the action of the Yak fighter's pilot, which was in disregard of the accepted rules of flying.
93904/15/194802:35Shannon, IrelandPan American World Airways1-10Belgium - ShannonLockheed L-049-46 ConstellationNC-88858205831300While executing a second instrument approach at Shannon Airport, the aircraft struck the ground 2,380 feet from the approach end of the intended runway, broke apart and burned. Continuation of an instrument approach to an altitude insufficient to clear the terrain. The failure of a fluorescent light may have been a contributing cause. The plane was named Clipper Empress of the Skies.
94008/13/1949Near Bogota, ColombiaSAETABogota - IbagueDouglas C-47HK-120032320Crashed in the Andes mountains while en route.
94105/13/194811:00Near Magazini, Belgian Congo (Zaire)SabenaLeopoldville - LibengaDouglas DC-4-1009OO-CBE4293232310While cruising, the aircraft penetrated a very turbulent line of clouds, lost height and crashed into a forest. The aircraft apparently flew into a tornado at low altitude.
94205/13/1948Mount Coron, FranceSkyways of Londonde Havilland Dove 1G-AJOU0405810100The aircraft crashed in a storm. Kathleen Kennedy Cavendish, 28, sister of President John F. Kennedy, killed.
94305/15/1948Vrede, South AfricaMercury AviationDurban - Johannesburg - LondonDouglas DC-3-455ZS-BWY634113130Crashed into Spitzkop mountain after drifting off course in poor weather. The aircraft was named 'Miss France.'
94405/16/194820:42Columbus, OhioSlick AirwaysNewark, NJ - Chicago, ILCurtiss C-46ENC594892938220Cargo flight. The in-flight failure of the fuselage carry-in structure beneath the fin, due to extreme turbulence.
94505/20/1948Near Bovingdon, EnglandAir Transport CharterDouglas C-47AG-AJBG14003/25448430Cargo flight. While maneuvering at night under the base of low cloud prepatory to landing, the aircraft lost height and struck the ground. The cause of the accident cannot be determined.
94605/25/1948Albacete, SpainAlpha AirwaysHandley Page Halifax C-8G-AKBA1303441Crashed on takeoff.
94706/10/1948Ile of ManHargreaves Airwaysde Havilland DH-89A Dragon RapideG-AIUI6675860
94806/17/194812:41Mount Carmel, PennsylvaniaUnited Air Lines624Chicago - New York CityDouglas DC-6NC3750642871/1243430The plane crashed after an in-flight fire in cargo hold. The crew discharged carbon dioxide extinguishers into the cargo hold in response to the fire warning. When the plane's nose was lowered for an emergency descent, the carbon dioxide, being heavier than air, accumulated in the cockpit and asphyxiated the crew. The aircraft crashed through high voltage lines and exploded on a hillside. After the crashes of 10/24/47 and 11/11/47, were a design flaw allowed vented fuel to enter the intake for the cabin heating system, the CAA also ordered carbon dioxide extinguishers installed. Earl Carroll, U.S. theatrical impresario killed. Douglas aircraft company knew of the carbon dioxide danger after two of its test pilots were almost overcome during test flights. They suppressed reports to the CAA which resulted in only a warning being added to the flight manual. The aircraft was named Mainliner Utah.
94906/26/1948Maiquetia, VenezuelaLinea Aeropostal VenezolanaDouglas DC-3YV-C-AHI16992/342541710Crashed during a landing attempt.
95007/01/1948Keerbergen, BelgiumAvio Linee ItalianeMilano - BrusselsFiat G.212CPI-ELSA041280Crashed after overrunning the runway.
95107/04/1948Northolt, Middlesex, EnglandScandinavian Airlines (SAS)Douglas DC-6 / RAF York MW248SE-BDA43119/11132320A midair collision occurred between a SAS DC-6 and a Royal Air Force Avro York MW248. Thirty-two killed on the DC-6, seven on the York. ATC error.
95207/07/1948Djiring, French Indo-ChinaAigle AzurSaigon - Da LatDouglas DC-3F-BCYP915816160Crashed into mountains 50 miles southwest of Da Lat.
95307/14/1948Belem, BrazilAerovias BrasilDouglas C-47APP-AVO19113550The cargo plane lost control and crashed shortly after leaving the runway. The pilot did not apply the procedure recommended by the airline and attempted to make a turn after takeoff below the specified altitude of 100 meters.
95407/16/1948PacifiOcean between Hong Kong and MacaoCathay PacifiAirwaysMacau - Hong KongConsolidated OA-10 CatalinaVR-HDT26250The flight crashed after being hijacked and losing control during a struggle in the cockpit. The crew was incapacitated by armed hijackers. First airliner to be hijacked.
95507/24/1948Cap-des-Rosiers, Quebec, CanadaRimouski AirlinesPort Meunier - GaspéDouglas DC-3CF-FKY624626260The aircraft hit a mountain top at Cap-des-Rosiers, 12 miles from its destination in fog and burned.
95607/29/1948Buenos Aires, ArgentinaALFARosario - Bueno AiresShort Sandringham 2 (flying boat)LV-AAPSH-02C24180Crashed and sank near the shore of the River Plate while attempting to land in fog.
95707/29/1948Tsingtao, ChinaCivil Air TransportCurtiss C-46D-20-CUXT-8222235524190Crashed during a landing attempt.
95808/01/19481,200 miles off Dakar, AtlantiOceanAir FranceFort de France - Port EtienneLatecoere 631 (flying boat)F-BDRC0652520Disappeared in the Atlantion a flight from Fort. de France, Martinique to Port Etienne, Mauritania. The United States Coast Guard cutter Campbell reported finding debris on August 4 with no survivors.
95908/01/1948Karachi, PakistanOnzeairAvro 691 LancastrianAP-ACM440Cargo flight. An error in judgement on the part of the pilot in allowing the aircraft to stall while coming in to land. The contributory causes were probably overload, badly loaded with CofG too far aft, movement of load due to it not being secured.
96008/09/1948Port Underwood, New ZealandNew Zealand National AirwaysDouglas C-47BZK-AOE16383/33131220Cargo flight.
96108/20/1948La Guaira, VenezuelaAvensaLa Guaira - Las PiedrasDouglas C-47AYV-C-AVN19985330The cargo plane disappeared en route.
96205/24/1950Near Pasto, ColombiaLANSAPopayan - IpialesDouglas C-47HK-3071019426250Struck the side of Galeras Volcano.
96308/29/194817:05Near Winona, MinnesotaNorthwest Orient Airlines421Chicago - MinneapolisMartin 202NC93044916537370Crashed following the separation of the left wing after the aircraft entered a thunderstorm. Loss of the outer panel of the left wing which separated as a result of a fatigue crack which was induced by a faulty design of a wing flange, aggravated by severe turbulence of the thunderstorm.
96408/31/1948Near Elizabethville, Belgium CongoSabenaManono - ElizabethvilleDouglas DC-3 (Douglas C-47A-10-DK)OO-CBL1242013130Crashed en route. Reasons undetermined.
96509/02/1948Near Quirindi, AustraliaAustralian National AirwaysBrisbane - SidneyDouglas DC-3VH-ANK999913130Strayed off course and struck Square Peak Mountain at an altitude of 4,600 feet.
96610/02/1948Near Trondheim, NorwayNorwegian AirlinesFornebu - HommelvikShort Sandringham 6 (flying boat)LN-IWASH-52C45190Crashed while attempting to land in crosswinds and high seas.
96710/20/194823:32Prestwick Airport, ScotlandKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesAmsterdam - Prestwick - New York CityLockheed 049-46-25 ConstellationPH-TEN208340400The aircraft was on a flight from Amsterdam to New York with a stopover at Prestwick Scotland. The aircraft attempted to land on Runway 32 but the crew choose to go-around due to strong cross winds and asked to land on Runway 26. While circling to line up with the runway, the aircraft ran into a heavy fog bank and crashed into high voltage power lines at an elevation of 400 feet and burst into flames. The crashed occurred 5 miles east-northeast of the airport. Improper flight procedures by the crew. Lack of information supplied to the crew by the tower. The aircraft was named Nijmegen after the old Dutch town close to the West German border.
96810/23/1948Mt. Ruapehu, New ZealandNew Zealand National AirwaysPalmerston - HamiltonLockheed 10A ElectraZK-AGK112813130Crashed 700 feet from the summit of a mountain while en route.
96910/27/194816:50Near Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaNorthwest Orient Airlines6427Edmonton - Anchorage, AKDouglas C-54ANC8878510406520Cargo flight. The captain's action in undertaking simulated emergency procedures at a dangerously low altitude.
97011/03/194810:50Near Glossop, EnglandMilitary - U.S. Air Force-RAF Scrampton - Burtonwood AFBBoeing B-29 Superfortress44-6199913130Twenty-five minutes into the flight, the pilot descended prematurely and collided with a cloud covered mountain.
97111/04/194805:44Cape Spencer, AlaskaPacifiAlaska Air FreightYakutat - AnnetteDouglas DC-3N666371180017170Lost contact with the aircraft after the crew reported passing Cape Spencer. The wreckage was never found. Cause undetermined.
97211/08/194807:40Mt. Macedon, AustraliaAustralian National AirwaysMelbourne - DenilquinDouglas DC-3VH-UZK20032330Crashed into Mt. Macedon hidden in fog. The pilot deviated off course from his flight plan and failed to follow VFR flight rules.
97311/11/1948Liverpool, EnglandMannin Airwaysde Havilland DH-89A Dragon RapideG-AKOF6538980Crashed after running out of fuel.
97411/26/1948Vehari, PakistanPakistan AirwaysKarachi - LohoreDouglas DC-3AP-ACE1277521210The plane crashed shortly after taking off and climbing to 7,000 feet. The aircraft was seen trailing smoke before crashing in flames. The omission of a sealing washer on the carburetor fuel filter of the port engine resulting in fuel leaking on to the ignition systems, culminating in a severe oil fire which finally involved the main port fuel tanks.
97512/05/1948Kiangwan, ChinaCentral Air TransportCurtiss C-46XT-5384090Overshot runway, crashed and burned.
97612/06/1948Milan, ItalyMilan - BrusselsDouglas C-47I-ETNA4396770The aircraft crashed during takeoff in fog.
97712/12/1948Taipei, TaiwanChina National Aviation CorporationShanghai - TaipeiDouglas DC-31020Crashed while attempting to land.
97812/15/1948Near Bogata, ColombiaLANSABogota - BarranquillaDouglas C-47C-3101380730300Crashed shortly after taking off from Bogata.
97912/21/1948Near Pilos, GreeceCeskoslovenske AerolinieRome - AthensDouglas DC-3OK-WDE1289423230Crashed in the Taigetos Mountains while en route.
98012/21/1948Basalt Island, Hong KongChina National Aviation CorporationShanghai - Hong KonkDouglas C-54B-5-DOXT-1041834833330Crashed on Balsalt Island while attempting a visual approach through clouds. The pilot came down through a hole in the overcast but became trapped when the weather closed in. He reversed course but crashed into a small mountain. Pilot error. Quentin Roosevelt, son of Teddy Roosevelt killed.
98112/23/1948Near Madrid, SpainIberia AirlinesMadrid - BarcelonaDouglas DC-3 (C-47-DL)EC-ABK425627270Crashed into Pandols Mountain while en route.
98212/28/194804:13Off San Juan, Puerto RicoAirborne TransportSan Juan - MiamiDouglas DC-3N16002149632320Radio contact was lost after the crew reported being 50 nm south of Miami. Departure from San Juan with known electrical problems and discharged batteries. Ditched in the Gulf of Mexico after it ran out of fuel. Offical cause unknown.
98312/31/194817:52Mt. Argentari, ItalyPan African Air CharterAthens - NiceDouglas DC-3ZS-BYX1258712120Crashed into Mt. Arbetello in poor visibility. Poor visibility and geographical features made recognition of terrain difficult and likely mislead the pilot into believing he was out at sea.
98401/02/194922:05Seattle, WashingtonSeattle Air CharterSeattle - New HavenDouglas DC-3 (C-47A-DL)NC790251018130140The aircraft took off in fog with a group of Yale University students returning to school following their Christmas vacation. About midway down the runway the plane swerved to the left and became airborne. The left wing dropped the wing tip dragged on the runway. After about 750 feet, the tail wheel made contact with the runway. The engines were cut and the plane skidded for 700 feet until it hit a hanger and burst into flames. The accident was caused by the crew's attempt to take off in an airplane which had formations of ice and frost on the surfaces of the wings. In addition, the plane was overloaded by 1,500 lbs.
98501/05/1949Caravelas Bay, BrazilBritish South American AirwaysAvro 685 York 1G-AHEX13011730A blown tire during takeoff led to damage to the landing gear, engine and oil line. Lack of oil caused loss of the engine and the crew was not able to feather the prop. This led to overspeeding and an engine fire. The plane made a spiral descent and crashed to the ground.
98601/06/194907:20Brandywine, MarylandCoastal CargoRaleigh, NC - Boston, MADouglas C-47ANC5321013777220Cargo plane. The loss of control of the aircraft which resulted from an icing condition, turbulence, and lack of alertness on the part of the crew. As a result, the aircraft spun, and during the spins, or attempted recovery from the spins, severe airloads were encountered which failed the left horizontal stabilizer and the elevators.
98701/11/1949Near Pelotas, BrazilViacao Aerea Gaucha S.A.Porto Alegre - Sao BorjaLockheed 18 LodestarPP-SAC12120The aircraft crashed shortly after taking off. Engine failure due to fuel contamination.
98801/15/1949Ras-el-Tin, EgyptPan African Air CharterDouglas C-54 SkymasterZS-AYB1958430300Ditched in a lagoon.
98901/16/1949Balihal Pass, IndiaDalmia Jain AirwaysDouglas DC-3VT-CDZ14145/2559013130
99001/17/194913:40AtlantiOcean, off BermudaBritish South American AirwaysBermuda - KingstonAvro 688 Tudor 4BG-AGRE125320200Lost at sea on a flight from Bermuda to Kingston, Jamaica. The last radio message reported the plane was crossing 30 degrees N. Nothing further was heard from the plane. No wreckage was ever found. The weather was good at the time. The plane was named Star Ariel. Cause undetermined.
99101/17/194909:50Near Succoth Glen, Lochgoilhead, ScotlandMilitary - U.S. Air ForceRAF Scampton - Keflavik - KansasBoeing B-29A Superfortress44-6227620200The aircraft, part of the 301st BG 15 AFW, cashed into mountains after encountering icing conditions.
99201/20/194920:05Homer, AlaskaAlaska Airlines8Homer - AnchorageDouglas DC-3CN9100620208650The aircraft departed Homer at night under VFR conditions contrary to company and federal regulations, strayed off course and struck a 3,000 ft. mountain, 27 miles northeast of Homer. The action of the pilot in proceeding off the designated airway at an altitude insufficient to clear the terrain.
99301/30/194916:22Port Washington, New YorkPan American World Airways100Lockheed L-749 / Cessna 140NC86530/NC769812528 /3520Midair collision. Two killed on the Cessna, none on the Lockheed which laned safely. The joint failure of the Constellation pilots to observe and avoid the Cessna aircraft in flight and of the Cessna pilot, while on an airway and in an area where a heavy concentration of trafficould be expected, to remain alert and avoid the Constellation.The aircraft was named Clipper Monarch of the Skies.
99402/02/1949Trinity Bay, NewfoundlandSaint Lawrence AirwaysAvro AnsonCF-FEO3708660
99502/04/1949Castel Benito, LibyaSkyways of LondonKhartoum - Castel BenitoDouglas C-54A-1-DO SkymasterG-AJPL74645310The No. 4, followed by the No. 3 engines failed on initial approach. The plane lost altitude and crashed into trees. Failure of the captain to maintain a safe height, by utilizing the available power of the starboard engines after power failure in the port engine. The reason for this failure by the captain cannot be determined. The power failure in the port engines was caused by fuel starvation brought about by an insuffuciency of fuel in the port tanks. This fuel shortage was the result of the wing tanks being allowed to become progressively unbalanced during the last stage of the flight.
99602/05/1949Buenaventura Bay, ColombiaAVIANCAConsolidated PBY-5A CatalinaHK-1341430Crashed while attempting to land.
99702/08/194919:56Off Copenhagen, DenmarkScandinavian Airlines (SAS)Paris - CopenhagenVickers 628 Viking 1BOY-DLU19927270Crashed in the sea off the Swedish coast after the pilot was told to enter a holding pattern for Copenhagen, since it was closed to inbound traffic. The aircraft was directed to land on Runway 22 but failed to make the landing. The wreckage was found a month later on the bottom of the ocean. Cause undetermined.
99802/10/1949Near Huanuco, PeruFaucettTingo Maria - HuanucoDouglas DC-3OB-PAV-22315374/2681916160Struck a mountain as the plane approached Huanuco.
99902/19/1949Near Coventry, Warks, EnglandBritish European Airways / Military - BritishLondon - GlasgowDouglas DC-3 / Avro AnsonG-AHCW/VV2431330814140Midair collision between a DC-3 and a RAF Avro Anson at 4,500 feet. Both planes disintegrated and fell to the ground. Ten killed on the DC-3, four on the Avro Anson. Failure on the part of the pilot of each aircraft to ensure the maintenance of an effective lookout.
100002/24/1949Braemar Resevoir, Hong KongCathay PacifiAirwaysManila, Philippines - Hong KongDouglas DC-3VR-HDG2057623230Crashed near Braemar Resevoir after a go-around in poor weather.
100111/15/1951Near Lodz, PolandLOT Polish AirlinesDouglas DC-3SP-LCG196516160Crashed during takeoff.
100203/10/194909:50Coolangatta, AustraliaQueensland AirlinesCoolangatta - BrisbaneLockheed 18 LodestarVH-BAG219416160Crashed on takeoff from Coolangatta. After becoming airborne, the aircraft was seen to climb very steeply and stall when at a height of 300 ft., roll to the left and crash.
100303/15/1949Berlin, GermanySkywaysAvro 685 York IG-AHFI1316330The cargo plane crashed while attempting to land.
100403/18/194909:40Near Waikanae, New ZealandNew Zealand National AirwaysAuckland - WellingtonLockheed 18 LodestarZK-AKX238215150Crashed into a hill while on approach.
100505/04/194917:04Superga, ItalyAvio Linee ItalianeBarcelona - TorinoFIAT G-212CPI-ELCE531310The aircraft was returning on a flight from Lisboa to Milan with the Torino Soccer Team when the crew decided to land directly at Turin, homebase to the team. In low visibility, rain and thunderstorms, the left wing of the plane struck a wall surrounding the sanctuary of Superga, a mountain near Turin. The aircraft then pivoted, and disintegrated next to the sanctuary killing all aboard. Error in navigation and poor visiblity.
100605/07/194916:00Sibuyan Sea, off the Philippine island of ElalatPhilippine Air LinesDaet - ManilaDouglas DC-3PI-C-9816743/3349113130The plane was on a flight from Daet, Camarines to Manila when it crashed after experiencing a violent explosion in the tail of the aircraft. Two ex-convicts confessed to planting a time bomb aboard the flight in order to kill the husband of a woman involved with another man.
100706/06/1949Malahasa Attica, GreeceTech - Aeronautical ExplotiationKavallo - AthensDouglas DC-3SX-BAI1216222220Crashed into a mountainside 30 miles northeast of Athens.
100806/07/194914:00Near Florianpolis, BrazilMilitary - Brazilian Air ForceFlorianpolis - Porto AlegreDouglas C-47BC-47-202327270The aircraft crashed into a mountain shortly after taking off from Florianpolis.
100906/07/194900:25San Juan, Puerto RicoStrato FreightSan Juan - MiamiCurtiss C-46D-5-CUN928573050681530The aircraft crashed into the AtlantiOcean during takeoff after a loss of the No. 2 engine. The loss of power in the right engine before the aircraft could attain the optimum single engine climb speed, which together with being overloaded resulted in the aircraft losing altitude and ditching into the ocean. Incorrect spark plugs installed on the No. 2 engine.
101006/23/1949Off Bari, ItalyKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesBatavia - AmsterdamLockheed 749-79-33 ConstellationPH-TER254133330Crashed into Bari Harbor while en route from Cairo via Athens to Rome. Witnesses observed smoke from an engine followed by smoke from the other engines and fuselage prior to the crash. The plane broke-up in flight.
101107/02/1949Near Guildford, AustraliaMaRoberston-Miller AirlinesGuildford - DarwinDouglas C-47A-20-DLVH-MME935018180The plane crashed and burst into flames into a housing camp south of Guildford shortly after taking off.
101207/12/194903:50Near Bombay, IndiaKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesDelhi - BombayLockheed L-749-79-33 ConstellationPH-TDF255845450While circling in a blinding monsoon rainstorm, the aircraft crashed into 674 ft. high Ghatkopar hill, 3 miles ENE of the airport. Crew error. Pilots decision to land in weather below prescribed minimums in an area he was not familiar with.
101307/12/194907:43Chatsworth, CaliforniaStandard Airlines897RAlbuquerque - BurbankCurtiss C-46E-1-CSN79978293648350The plane was flying in level flight with the gear down. The right wing tip brushed the side of a hill pulling the plane around 90 degrees. It hit the ground and bounced 300 feet into the air and crashed. Pilot's action in descending below the prescribed minimum altitude while executing an ILS approach.
101407/19/194921:01Seattle, WashingtonAir Transport AssociatesSeattle - ChicagoCurtiss C-46F-1-CUN5075N224633224A power failure occurred in the No. 1 engine on takeoff and the pilot cut power to both engines and discontinued takeoff. He then apparently changed his mind and applied power. The left engine continued to malfunction and the aircraft collided with power lines and crashed into houses. Use of improper fuel necessitated operating the aircraft's engines in excess of operating limits resulting in engine failure. Decision to takeoff after the failure of the left engine.
101507/30/194910:45Chesterfield, New JerseyEastern Air Lines / Military - USN557New York City - WilmingtonDouglas DC-3 -201D/ F-6-F- 5 HellcatN19963/BU728872260 /16160Midair collision with a US Navy F-6F. The F-6F was buzzing a small private aircraft which was cruising below the DC-3. The F-6F had pulled up into a climbing turn and collided with the DC-3. All fifteen killed on the DC-3, and one on the F-6F. Reckless conduct of the Navy pilot in performing aerobatimaneuvers on a civil airway.
101608/02/194911:30Jaquirana, BrazilVarigSao Paulo - Porto AlegreCurtiss C-46D-10-CUPP-VBI331003650Twenty minutes before arriving a Porto Alegre, a fire was discovered in cargo hold 'G.' The pilot executed an emergency descent while the crew tried to extinguish the flames to no avail. As the plane attempted to land, the panicking passengers rushed to the front of the plane to escape the flames causing the center of gravity to change, resulting in a hard landing. The cause of the fire in the hold 'G' was not determined.
101708/03/1949Sao Francisco Bay, BrazilLineas Aéreas BrasilDouglas DC-3PP-AJB99713050Both the No. 1 and No. 2 propellers detached in flight which led to the crew ditching the plane close to shore.
101808/06/1949Salasaca, EcuadorShell Co of EcuadorMers Nueva - AmbatoBristol 170 Freighter 21HC-SBU1273934340The aircraft was part of relief efforts of the Ecuador earthquake.
101908/15/1949Off Lurga Point, IrelandTransocean Air LinesRome - ShannonDouglas DC-3 (C-54A-DO)N7998930765880Fuel exhaustion forced the plane to ditch in the AtlantiOcean, 15 km off the coast of Ireland. The plane stayed afloat for 15 minutes but 8 occupants died due to exposure or drowning. Failure of the captain to properly supervise the crew while en route.
102008/19/194912:00Oldham, EnglandBritish European AirwaysBelfast - ManchesterDouglas DC-3G-AHCY1235524240Crashed into a cloud shrouded 1,500 ft. mountain 15 nm short of its destination. Navigational error and improper approach procedure. Failure to check the position of the aircraft accurately before descent from a safe altitude.
102108/21/194923:30Near Bigstone Lake, ManitobaMilitary - Royal Canadian Air ForceChurchhill - WinnipegConsolidated Canso (amphibian)1105721210Crashed and burned in a wooded area after entering an area of thunderstorms.
102208/27/1949Leopoldville, ZaireSabenaLeopoldville - ElizabethvilleDouglas C-47B-5-DKOO-CBK14600/260452050The aircraft did not achieve a proper climb rate after taking off and crashed while making a low altitude right turn. Water in the fuel and excessive lead on the spark plugs.
102309/09/194910:45Sault-aux-Cochons, PQ, CanadaCanadian PacifiAir LinesMontreal - Comeau BayDouglas DC-3CF-CUA451823230The aircraft disintegrated in flight 40 miles outside of Quebec. Detonation of a dynamite bomb in the forward baggage compartment. Planted by Albert Guay, a jeweler, in a plot to kill his wife who was a passenger on the plane. Guay, who assembled the bomb, had his accomplice, Marguerite Pitre, air express the bomb on the aircraft. Ms. Pitre's brother, a clockmaker, helped make the timing mechanism. The insurance policy was for 10,000 dollars. All three were hanged for their crimes.
102409/26/1949Mt. Popocatepetl, MexicoMexicanaTapacula - Mexico CityDouglas DC-3XA-DUH1172524240Crashed into a 15,000 ft. snow covered volcano, Mt. Popocatepetl.
102509/27/1949Near Castilla, ArgentinaFlota Aérea Mercante ArgentinaDouglas C-54A-1-DOLV-ABI74452750Crashed after an in-flight fire. The plane tried to make a forced landing but crashed before reaching the air strip. Returning from a mercy mission in Ecuador for earthquake relief.
102610/09/1949Cheyenne, WyomingSlick Airways11-8Las Vegas - DenverCurtiss C-46E-1-CSN594852939440Diverted to Cheyenne, while on approach, the aircraft crashed 2.5 miles short of the runway after encountering severe turbulence and icing. Loss of control of the aircraft during an instrument approach to Cheyenne, under conditions of heavy icing and severe turbulence.
102710/28/194902:50San Miguel Island, AzoresAir FranceParis - Santa Maria - New York CityLockheed 749-79-33 ConstellationF-BAZN254648480While attempting for the third time to land at Santa Maria, the aircraft, flew into Redondo Mountain at 2,950 ft. on San Miguel Island. Crew error. Failure to carry out either of the two approach procedures adopted for Santa Maria airport. False position report give by crew. Inadequate navigation. Failure to identify Santa Maria airport when flying in VFR conditions. French middleweight boxing champion Marcel Cerdan, 33, and French violinist, Ginette Neveu killed.
102811/01/194911:45Arlington, VirginiaEastern Air Lines / Military - Bolivian Air Force537Boston - Washington D.C. - New OrleansDouglas C-54B / P-38N88727/NX2692718365 /55550Midair collision. The P-38 hit the airliner from above. Both planes crashed into the PotomaRiver. The pilot of the P-38 survived and was accused of causing the accident by executing a straight in approach without proper clearance. He was later tried and cleared of the charges. ATC error. George Bates, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and Michael Kennedy, U.S. Representative from New York killed. Helen Hokinson, 56, cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, also among the dead.
102911/04/194921:34Akron, OhioHarrington's IncPhiladelphia - ClevelandDouglas DC-3NC290864304330The cargo plane collided with trees short of the runway while attempting to land. The improper execution of an instrument approach which resulted in the aircraft being flown to the right of the proper approach path at an altitude too low to clear the terrain.
103011/20/194916:56Near Oslo, NorwayAero HollandBrussels - OsloDouglas C-47APH-TFA1346235340Crashed while en route.
103111/28/194916:45Chaleyssin, FranceAir FranceParis - Lyons - TunisDouglas DC-4F-BELO103913850Crashed while on approach to Lyons.
103211/29/194905:49Dallas, TexasAmerican Airlines157New York City - Mexico CityDouglas DC-6N9072842895/5846280During a pull-up for a go-around, after attemping a landing approach with the No. 1 engine feathered, the No. 4 engine lost power then came on with a surge. The flight engineer feathered the No. 4 engine without instructions from the captain. The aircraft stalled, then collided with wires and a building. Crew's improper handling of the aircraft after an engine failed.
103312/01/1949Taquaracucu, BrazilREALSao Palo, Brazil - Jacarezinho, PanamaDouglas DC-3 (C-47-DL)PP-YPM424122200Crashed into a mountainside while circling to land. Crew error. Lack of flight discipline. Poor decision by Chief of Operations in allowing the aircraft to continue flight in poor weather conditions.
103412/07/194917:15Vallejo, CaliforniaArrow AirlinesBurbank - Oakland - SacramentoDouglas DC-3NC602569201990Struck a 1,200 ft. hill obscured by clouds, during a rainstorm, 6 miles east of Vallejo, California. The pilot failed to fly at the assigned altitude of 4,000 feet on his flightplan.
103512/09/1949Near Lanchow, ChinaCivil Air TransportCurtiss C-46D-CUXT-8202235438380
103612/10/1949Near Hoikow, ChinaCivil Air TransportChengdu - HoikowCurtiss C-46D-CUXT-8142234740170Crashed on the outskirts of Hoikow, Hainan Island.
103712/12/194921:51Jungshahi, PakistanPakairDouglas DC-3AP-ADI484126260Hit a mountain and burned 30 miles north of Karachi airport. Navigational error.
103812/12/194920:45Washington, D.C.Capital Airlines500New Port News - Washington D.C.Douglas DC-3-313ANC-2569125562360The aircraft crashed 1,875 feet, short of the runway threshold, into the PotomaRiver while approaching Washington National Airport. Immediately before the accident and during the execution of an instrument approach, the aircraft was stalled at too low an altitude to effect recovery.
103912/16/1949Orizaba, MexicoMexicanaMexico City - MeridaDouglas DC-3XA-DUK1172117170Crashed into a mountain while en route.
104012/18/194920:30Aulnay-sous-Bois, FranceSabenaDouglas C-47A-60-DLOO-AUQ10241880Crashed after the wing failed during takeoff.
104112/30/1949Comilla, PakistanBharat AirwaysAgartala - CalcuttaDouglas C-54A-DOVT-CYK3089770Crashed and burned after attempting an emergency landing.
104201/18/1950Albacete, SpainEjercito del AireJunkers JU-52/3m16160The military plane crashed on the southeast coast of Spain.
104301/20/195012:00Near Vacas, BoliviaMilitary - Bolivian Air ForceValle grande - CochabambaDouglas C-47TAM-1032320Crashed while en route in the Andes mountains after encountering a thunderstorm.
104401/24/1950Near Tamatave, MadagascarSociete Transatlantique AerienneAntananarivo - TamataveDouglas C-47A-50-DLF-BFGD1004614140Crashed into a mountain 30 miles west of Tamatave.
104501/24/1950Iloilo,PhilippinesPhilippine Air LinesIloilo - ManilaDouglas DC-3PI-C22440Cargo plane.
104601/26/1950Near Snag, Yukon TerritoryMilitary - U.S. Air ForceElmendorf - Great Falls, MTDouglas C-54D-DC (DC-4)42-724691057444440Operated by the StrategiAir Command, the transport disappeared while flying between Elmendorf AFB and Great Falls, Mt. There were 44 persons aboard. All were American military personnel except for two passengers, a civilian dependent and her infant child. Last radio contact was at 17:09 near Snag, YT. It took Amber Airway No.2 over Canada, but failed to arrive at its destination. The wreckage still had not been found by 1951.
104702/02/1950North SeaKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesAmsterdam - LondonDouglas DC-3PH-TEU13396770Crash into the ocean during a night mail flight shortly after takeoff, 40 miles off the Dutch coast.
104802/27/1950Near Prague, CzechoslovakiaCeskoslovenske AerolinieOstrava - PragueDouglas C-47A-15-DKOK-WDY12725550The aircraft crashed into a mountain while en route.
104903/07/195020:59Minneapolis, MinnesotaNorthwest Orient Airlines307Rochester Minn. - MinneapolisMartin 202N93050913413132Crashed into a flag pole, well marked by red neon obstruction lights, on approach in blowing snow. Pilot's attempt to land visual rather than ILS after visual reference to the ground was lost.
105003/10/1950Saigon, VietnamSociete Indochinoise de Transport AeriensHue - TouraneBristol 170 Freighter 21F-BECR12782440Cargo plane.
105103/12/195014:50Llandow Airport, Cardiff, WalesFairflight Ltd.Llandow - DublinAvro 689 Tudor 5G-AKBY141783800During the approach to Runway 28 at Llandow Airport, it appeared to witnesses that the aircraft was going to touch down prematurely. This was followed by an application of power. Climbing to 300 ft. the aircraft stalled and crashed into a field. Due to the placement of luggage in relation to passenger load, the center of gravity was such that there was insufficient elevator control remaining to counteract the rise of the nose upon full application of power.
105203/25/1950Ankara, TurkeyDevlet Hava YollairiDouglas DC-3TC-BAL1942315150Crashed and caught fire during landing at Etimeagut airport.
105303/28/1950Off Cap-Ferret, FranceSEMAFLatecoere 631 (sea plane)F-WANU0312120Loss of control after mechanical failure and crashed into the sea. Failure of the aileron control couplings resulting from severe vibration.
105404/05/1950Hatiara, IndiaDeccan AirwaysDouglas C-47AVT-CJD12826330The cargo plane lost an engine on takeoff and attempted an emergency return but crashed. Overloaded.
105504/15/1950Santa Ana, ColombiaLineas Aéreas NacionalesDouglas C-47 (DC-3)HK-30925250
105604/21/195023:25Near Atsugi, JapanMilitary - U.S. Air ForcePhilippines - JapanDouglas C-54D42-7270435350Flew off its prescribed course and crashed into Mt. Tanzawa in a rainstorm.
105705/02/1950Chimborcza, EcuadorAVIANCAQuito - GuayaquilDouglas C-47DLHK-120431415150Flew into a mountain.
105805/17/195020:59Lagens Air Force Base, AzoresMilitary - U.S. Air ForceBermuda - EnglandBoeing B-2916160Crashed while attempting to land after being diverted to Lagens due to engine trouble.
105905/23/195010:20Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceCurtiss C-46D44-775773297339390Lost the left aileron after taking off, lost control and crashed.
106005/27/195017:30Teterboro, New JerseyRegina Cargo AirlinesCurtiss C-46F-1-CUN9406H22582210The cargo plane lost an engine on takeoff and crashed. Overloading of the aircraft due to faulty loading and dispatch procedures coupled with engine malfunctioning due to inadequate maintenance.
106105/30/1950Near Iheus, BrazilAerovias BrasilVictoria - SalvadorDouglas DC-3PP-AVZ915615130During descent into dense cumulonimbus clouds, severe turbulence was encountered which caused displacement of freight that led to an uncontrolled dive which resulted in the wings separating from the fuselage. Structural failure due to severe turbulence during a thunderstorm. Pilots decision to descend without clearing the turbulent area of weather.
106206/05/195022:03AtlantiOcean off FloridaWestair TransportSan Juan - Wilmington NCCurtiss C-46-F-1-CUN1248N2249665280Ditched into the Atlanti300 miles east of Melbourne, Florida on a flight from San Juan, Porto Rico to Wilmington, North Carolina due to failure of both engines. It sank in one of the deepest areas of the Atlantiand could not be recovered. Failure of both engines for reasons unknown.
106306/09/195019:00Near Fonseca, ColombiaNew Tribes MissionKingston, Jamacia - Maracaibo, VenezuelaDouglas DC-3-178N16030154615150Crashed and burned 19 miles east northeast of Fonseca well off course. Cause unknown.
106406/12/195021:52Off BahrainAir FranceSaigon - ParisDouglas DC-4-1009F-BBDE4293752460While making a final approach for Bahrain, the aircraft crashed into the sea. The pilot did not keep a accurate check of his altitude and rate of descent during the approach. Crew error, possibly due to fatigue. An alternate probable cause may been windshear. It was not know at the time that windshear conditions existed at temperature inversion levels for several days after Shamal dust storms. The aircraft may have run out of adequate forward speed at an altitude of 400 feet after descending through a headwind level into a tailwind level when committed to land. With surface winds relatively calm and in 2,000 meters of sand haze, the winds at 400 ft. may have been in excess of 80 knots.
106506/14/195021:55Off BahrainAir FranceSaigon - ParisDouglas DC-4-1009F-BBDM4299053400The aircraft crashed into the Persian Gulf while on approach on a flight from Saigon to Paris. Improper approach. Crew error. An alternate probable cause may been windshear. It was not know at the time that windshear conditions existed at temperature inversion levels for several days after Shamal dust storms. The aircraft may have run out of adequate forward speed at an altitude of 400 feet after descending through a headwind level into a tailwind level when committed to land. With surface winds relatively calm and in 2,000 meters of sand haze, the winds at 400 ft. may have been in excess of 80 knots.
106606/23/195023:25Lake Michigan, 18 NNW of Benton Harbor, MichiganNorthwest Orient Airlines2501New York City - Minneapolis-St. PaulDouglas DC-4N954251027058580En route from New York to Minneapolis, the aircraft crashed into Lake Michigan. The DC-4 was last reported at 3,500 ft. The crash occurred shortly after the aircraft entered an area of severe turbulence with thunderstorm activity. The wreckage was located in 150 feet of water but was not recoverable because it was in 30 feet of silt. The forecast of a squall line in the areas was not made available to the crew. Cause unknown.
106706/26/195023:00York, AustraliaAnsett ANAGuildford - MelbourneDouglas DC-4-1009VH-ANA4291029290The airliner experienced trouble with all four engines. The crew attempted to return to Guildford but in the dark, while in a 15 degree turn to port, the aircraft barely cleared a ridge line, struck a tree 30 feet off the ground and ploughed into a downward slope shredding itself and contents into small pieces. The aircraft was named 'Amana.'
106807/07/1950Busan, South KoreaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceDouglas C-54G45-05183597123230Struck a mountain.
106907/09/1950Casablanca, MoroccoAigle AzurParis - DakarDouglas DC-3F-BFGL1382429220Crashed on climb-out.
107007/17/1950Near Patharkot, IndiaIndian National AirlinesDelhi - SringagarDouglas DC-3VT-ATS2035922220The left wing separated from the plane in extreme turbulence from a thunderstorm.
107107/18/1950Near Bocoio, AngolaDTA Angola AirlinesNova Lisboa - LobitoDouglas DC-3CR-LBK13769990
107207/27/195004:30Off O-shima Island, JapanMilitary - U.S. Air ForceDouglas C-47D44-76439A26250The aircraft took off from O-shima and reached an altitude of 3,500 feet after which a sudden unexplained descent was made until it crashed into the sea. The surviving witness stated the aircraft hit two moderate bumps followed by dimming of the lights before the descent.
107307/28/1950Porte Alegre, BrazilPanair do BrasilRio de Janeiro - Porte AlgegreLockheed 049 ConstellationPP-PCG296250500The aircraft flew into power lines during a landing attempt after running out of fuel while in a holding pattern.
107407/29/1950Tunbukta, AlgeriaCie Air TransportAlgiers - GaoBristol 170 Freighter 21F-BENF1273826260An explosion in the left wing fuel tank tore off the upper wing surface leading to loss of control of the aircraft.
107508/05/195022:00Near Fairfield, CaliforniaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceBoeing B-29MR46-8765120127The No. 2 propeller began to overspeed during the takeoff. This was followed by overspeeding of the No. 3 propeller. The No. 3 propeller was successfully feathered but then the landing gear would not retract. The aircraft was unable to gain altitude and the pilot slid the aircraft to the left to avoid a trailer park at the end of the runway. The aircraft stalled, fell to the ground and broke-up. Killed in the accident was Brigadier General Robert E. Travis. The installation was later renamed Travis Air Force Base in his honor.
107608/25/1950Kampong Jenera, MalaysiaMilitary - Royal Air ForceChangi, Singapore - Kota BaruDouglas C-47BKN63016538/3328612120The plane crashed in the steep forested foothills in the Gua Musang district.
107708/31/195000:03Near Wadi Natrun, EgyptTrans World Airlines903Cairo - RomeLockheed 749A ConstellationN6004C263655550While en route from Cairo to Rome, witnesses observed the aircraft on fire. After turning back toward Cairo, it crashed and burned. Failure of the rear master rod bearing in the No. 3 engine that led to an uncontrollable fire. The aircraft was named 'Star of Maryland.'
107809/04/195014:10Utica, New YorkRobinson Airlines32Utica, NY - Newark, NJDouglas DC-3N18936201123160Engine parts were observed falling from a height of 3,000 feet. Soon after, the plane was seen losing altitude until it crashed into trees 1.5 miles southeast of Oneida County Airport. Failure of the left engine shortly after takeoff coupled with increased drag due to loss of the left cowling and reduced power output of the right engine resulting from the high pitch position of the right propeller.
107909/14/1950Tehran, IranIran AirDouglas DC-3EP-AAG9813880Crashed during takeoff.
108009/20/195005:20Kwajalein, Marshall IslandsMilitary - U.S. NavyKwajzalein - TokyoDouglas R5D-3564961062426260Crashed into the sea and exploded 3 minutes after taking off from Kwajalein. Possible vertigo experienced by the pilot or malfunction of the instruments.
108109/21/1950Near Zagreb, YugoslaviaJAT Yugoslav AirlinesBelgrad - PaulaDouglas DC-3YU-ABD1331111100Crashed during landing.
108209/23/1950Karlstad, SwedenSvenska AeroKarlstad - StockholmAvro Ninteen ISE-BRS132110100Reached an altitude of 200 feet, stalled and crashed to the ground.
108309/26/195001:00Near Kyushu Island, JapanMilitary - U.S. Air ForceAshiya AB - Kimpo ABDouglas C-54D-DC (DC-4)42-724571056251230Crashed in the Korea strait 1mile from the end of the runway after taking off from Ashiya Air Base.
108410/13/1950Casablanca, MoroccoAir AtlasCasablanca - AlgiersDouglas DC-3F-BAXM20245740
108510/13/1950Almelund, MinnisotaNorthwest Orient AirlinesTrainingMartin 202NC930379158660Crashed after making a steep right turn. The unwanted reversal of the right propeller during flight, as a result of which the crew was unable to maintain control of the aircraft.
108610/17/1950London, EnglandBritish European AirwaysLondon - GlasgowDouglas C-47AG-AGIW1218629280Crashed into trees on Mill Hill after engine failure during takeoff. Everyone except one flight attendant was killed.
108710/31/195019:54London Heathrow, EnglandBritish European AirwaysParis - LondonVickers 610 Viking-1BG-AHPN15530280Crashed in fog in an overshoot after deciding on a go-around. Although it cannot be established with certainty, the probable explanation of the known facts may be that the captain deliberately came down below break-off point and then at 100 ft. or less came into fog which abruptly reduced the visibility of the runway lights and that then and not till then he started overshoot procedure with fatal results.
108811/03/195009:43Mont Blanc, FranceAir India245Bombay - Cairo - Geneva - LondonLockheed 749 ConstellationVT-CQP250648480The aircraft crashed in a snowstorm 200 meters below Mont Blansummit. The crew was warned by a Geneva controller to climb immediately. They acknowledged the message but soon after struck the mountain. The exact cause of the accident remains undetermined. Most likely the aircraft was caught in violent gust while trying to overfly the summit. The plane was named 'Malabar Princess.'
108911/06/195008:15Butte, MontanaNorthwest Orient Airlines115Helena - ButteMartin 202N93040916121210The pilot failed to follow the carrier's prescribed instrument approach to Butte Airport and crashed into a mountain at about the 8,250 foot level. Captain's failure to follow prescribed approach procedures.
109011/13/195018:00Mt. Tete de L'Obiou, FranceCurtiss-Reid Flying Services Ltd. (Canada)Rome - ParisDouglas C-54B-1-DCCF-EDN1051852520The aircraft drifted 50 miles off the prescribed route and struck Mt. Tete de l'Obiou at 6,740 feet. The pilot probably realized the deviation and tried to take corrective action but did not see the mountain in time.
109111/17/1950Surabaya, IndonesiaGaruda Indonesia AirlinesDouglas DC-3PK-DPB190052320Veered off the runway and crashed into a ditch..
109211/21/1950Near Moran Junction, WyomingNew Tribes MissionChico, CA - Billings, WYDouglas DC-3N745861971121210The aircraft crashed into Mt. Moran at 11,200 ft., in a snowstorm while flying in IMC conditions. The accident was attributed to flight into IMC conditions with probable electrical failure due to a malfunctioning voltage regulator.
109311/23/1950Cuzco, PeruFaucettMaldorado - QuincemilDouglas DC-3OB-PAU-20115992/32740990Crashed into a hill in poor weather conditions while en route.
109411/25/1950Khitka, BhutanIndamerDouglas C-47AVT-COI14037/25482330Failure of the pilots to remain alert and maintain a proper look out resulting in the aircraft flying into the side of a hill.
109512/01/1950Near Chamaran, IranIran AirDouglas DC-3EP-AAJ13572880Flew into a mountain.
109612/08/1950Ruig Piner, FranceAir AtlasCasablanca - PerpignanDouglas DC-3F-BAXY16100/32848750Flew into a mountain in the Pyrenees.
109712/08/1950Bangui, French Equatorial AfricaT.A. IntercontinentauxDouglas C-54AF-BELB308456460Crashed into a mountain in the Pyrenees 5 minutes after takeoff. Crew error. Excessive low rate of climb at night in an unknown region and premature change of heading.
109812/13/1950Katagiri, IndiaAir IndiaDouglas DC-3VT-CFK14604/260421210Flew into a mountain due to a navigational error.
109912/13/1950Londrina, BrazilVASPDouglas DC-3PP-SPT20543993The aircraft crashed after losing its No. 1 engine on takeoff. Engine failure during takeoff. Pilot error. Short takeoff procedure used on an airfield where such a maneuver was not necessary.
110012/15/195013:30Valera, VenezuelaAvensaMerida - CaracasDouglas C-47-DLYC-C-AVU443231310The aircraft crashed into mountains shortly after taking off. Pilot error. The captain decided to cross the Seven Lagoons mountain range in severe overcast, thinking that he was 30 kms further north, where the range drops to 2,000m. Instead, he flew into 4,000m cliffs. In the last seconds, he realized he was in trouble and tried to gain altitude. For a hundred meters or so he cut through small trees, but finally crashed. A small fire followed.
110112/19/195007:30Near Baguio, PhilippinesMilitary - U.S. Air ForceNaha AB - Clark ABDouglas C54E-DO (DC-4)44-90962732238380Proceeding on instruments, the aircraft crashed into Mt. Tabayowhile en route. Navigation error.
110212/22/195013:53Penticton, British Columbia, CanadaCanadian PacifiAir Lines4Vancouver - PentictonDouglas DC-3CF-CUF128551820Struck trees on Mt. Okanagan while making an approach to Penticton. Drifted below the minimum altitude permissible.
110312/30/1950Santiago del Estado, ArgentinaAerolineas ArgentinasMar del Plata - BuenosDouglas DC-3LV-ACH1302718170Crashed 60 miles north of the airport after taking off from Mar del Plata.
110401/12/1951Ixopo, South AfricaUnited Airwaysde Havilland Dove 1ZS-DDW0401712120Broke up in turbulence.
110501/13/1951Mt. Bukit, Besar,ThailandAir CarriersButterworth - Kota BharuDouglas DC-3VR-HEP15782/3253010100Crashed into Bukit Besar Mountain while en route.
110601/14/195114:13Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaNational Airlines83Newark - PhiladelphiaDouglas DC-4-1009N74685431022870The plane overshot the landing, ran into a ditch and caught fire. Pilot error in electing to land long, on a wet and snow covered runway instead of executing a missed approach.
110701/16/195112:14Near Reardon, WashingtonNorthwest Orient Airlines115Minneapolis - SeattleMartin 202N93054914410100While cruising at 6,000 ft., the aircraft when out of control and into a dive, hitting the ground at 340 mph. Officially the cause was never determined. Possible in-flight fire, explosion, structural failure or conrol system failure.
110801/17/195114:36Near Civitavecchia, ItalyAlitaliaParis - RomeSavoia Marchetti SM-95I-DALO1017140The aircraft plunged to the ground from 6,500 feet after being struck by lightning. Lightning ignited a mixture of air and fuel fumes in the fuel tank.
110901/28/195108:40Near An tung, TaiwanMilitary -Royal Air ForceHong Kong - Iwakuni, JapanShort Sunderland 9 (flying boat)PP10716160Crashed into mountainous terrain while en route. Most likely weather related.
111001/31/195116:45Off Hafnarfjorour, IcelandIcelandairVestmannaeyar Island - ReykjavíkDouglas DC-3TF-ISG1248220200Crashed into the sea 2.5 miles north of the airport after a second landing attempt in snow. The first attempt was aborted because the runway lights were not visible. The crew attempted a second landing but contact was lost with the aircraft. Wreckage was found in the ocean 10 miles from the airport.
111102/01/1951Off Terceira, PortugalMilitary - Portuguese Air ForceDouglas C-5428214140Ditched in the ocean while on approach.
111202/03/1951Near Mt. Cameroun, Buea, NigeriaAir FranceDouala - NiameyDouglas DC-4F-BBDO4299229290Crashed into a mountain at 8,500 feet. Navigation error. Incorrect procedures followed by crew. The crew followed a different and inaccurate course.
111302/14/1951Yali, ColombiaLineas Aéreas NacionalesCurtiss C-46AHK-333220Cargo plane.
111403/02/195109:12Sioux City, IowaMid Continent Airlines16Kansas City, MO - Omaha, NB - Sioux City, IowaDouglas DC-3N19928740025160After a missed ILS approach , the pilot stalled the plane and crashed in poor weather conditions. A stall during a left turn too close to the ground to effect a recovery. Pilot error.
111503/11/1951Mt. Butler, Hong KongPacifiOverseas AirwaysDouglas DC-4HS-POS1039624240Crashed into hills shortly after takeoff. Crew error. The pilot taking off under VFR, lost visual contact with the ground and attempted to return to IFR procedure too late to avoid the hills. The aircraft was named 'City of Ayudhya.'
111603/21/1951Corozal, ColombiaLANSADouglas C-47HK-315907327270Crashed while on a flight to Cartagena.
111703/22/195123:50Over the North AtlanticMilitary - U.S. Air ForceLoring AFB - Lakeheath AFBDouglas C-124A Globemaster49-2444317353530The aircraft suffered an catastrophiexplosion and crashed into the sea approximately 750 miles west of Limerick, Ireland. Cause unknown
111807/15/1966PakistanMilitary - Pakistan Air ForceLockheed C-130B Hercules24142376810100Struck a mountain.
111903/22/1951Off Florianopolis, BrazilCruzeiroDouglas DC-3PP-CCX73411430The No. 2 engine failed on a go-around in reduced visibility and rain and the aircraft crashed into the ocean.
112003/26/1951Rio Grande, ArgentinaAerolineas ArgentinasUshuaia - Buenos AiresDouglas DC-3LV-ACY1229120112Crashed shortly after takeoff.
112104/02/1951Bogota, ColombiaAVIANCADouglas DC-3HK-142195726260
112204/06/195120:30Refugio Pass, near Santa Barbara, CaliforniaSouthwest Airways7Santa Maria - Santa Barbara - Oxnard - Los AngelesDouglas DC-3N634392022922220The plane crashed into the north slope of Santa Ynez peak, 23 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, in poor weather. Failure of the crew to maintain minimum altitude for the route being flown for reasons unknown.
112304/08/195111:35Near Charleston, West VirginiaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceGodman AFB - Charleston, WVDouglas C-47B-DK43-482982555921210The aircraft crashed into a wooded area, 8 miles NE of Charlston, after making a final turn to land at Kanawha County Airport. Both wings were sheared off and the aircraft burst into flames.
112404/09/1951Cape d'Arguilar, Hong KongSiamese AirwaysBangkok - Hong KongDouglas DC-3HS-SAE16160The pilot lost control of the aircraft while attempting too steep a turn and too low a speed while making an approach at night in dense fog and rain and struck the ground.
112504/25/195111:49Key West, FloridaCubana de Aviacion / Military - US Navy493Miami - HavanaDouglas DC-4 /Beechcraft SMB-1CU-T188/399391036843430The plane, on a flight from Miami to Cuba, collided with a US Navy Beechcraft at 4,000 feet. Thirty-nine killed on the DC-4, four killed on the Beechcraft. Failure of both crews to maintain sufficient vigilance under VFR conditions to prevent a collision.
112604/28/195119:32Fort Wayne, IndianaUnited Air Lines129Cleveland - Fort Wayne - South Bend - ChicagoDouglas DC-3N16088192711110The aircraft crashed after being caught in a squall line with 65-85 mph winds and heavy rain. Windshear. The severe downdraft encountered which caused the aircraft to strike the ground in a near level attitude.
112705/06/195112:30Near Albuquerque, New MexicoMilitary - U.S. Air ForceConvair B-36D49-266025230The aircraft crashed while attempting to land at Kirkland AFB in gusty winds. The pilot appeared to have difficulty keeping the wings level. The plane crossed the threshold left of the center line. When the pilot corrected, the right starboard jet pod and No. 6 propeller struck the runway. The pilot attempted a go-around with the No.6 engine afire but crashed to earth bursting into flames.
112805/08/1951Bordeaux, FranceHunting Air TravelBordeaux - BovingdonVickers 639 Viking 1G-AHPD1343220No. 1 engine failed shortly after taking off. Altitude could not be maintained and an emergency belly landing was made in a field. The disconnecting of the articulated control rod of the propeller governor due to the lack of a split pin on the governor spindle and to the nut of the ball-joint of the control spindle having been unscrewed by force.
112905/18/1951Rancharia, BrazilVASPSanta Cruz de Rio Prado - Presidente PrudentDouglas DC-3PP-SPL17011/34274660Hit a mountain in fog. Pilot's decision to fly VFR in unfavorable weather conditions.
113006/03/1951New Boston, TexasMilitary - U.S. Air ForceFairchild C-8210100Struck by lightning and crashed.
113106/06/1951Rio de Janeiro, BrazilLineas Aéreas Trans. BrasileiraDouglas DC-3DPP-NAL429791920Crashed into high ground while on a VFR apporach in IFR conditions. The pilot attempted a descent over an area where the minimum safe altitude was 1,200 ft.
113206/15/1951Medellin, ColombiaSociedad Aeronautica MedellinDouglas C-47AHK-50410062330Cargo plane.
113306/22/195103:25Near Sanoyea, LiberiaPan American World Airways151Johannesburg - Accra - Monrovia - New YorkLockheed 049 ConstellationN88846204640400The plane crashed into a hill at 1000 ft. in a level descending attitude, 54 miles from the airport. The pilot descended below en route minimum altitude without knowing the aircraft's position. The aircraft was named Clipper Great Republic.
113406/29/1951Near Rijeka, YugoslaviaJAT Yugoslav AirlinesRejeka and ZagrebJunkers 52/3mYU-ACE31614140Crashed en route.
113506/30/195102:00Rocky Mountain Nat. Park, near Ft. Collins, ColoradoUnited Air Lines610Salt Lake City - DenverDouglas DC-6BN3754343144/15550500En route from San Francisco to Denver after passing the Cheyenne radio range the aircraft turned south in the wrong heading. Flying in darkness, the aircraft continued on this course until it hit Crystal Mountain. The captain may have depressed the wrong control switch or may have turned his ADF in such a way that it was affected by the radio range station at Fort Bridger, WY. Officially, the flight for reasons undetermined, failed to follow the prescribed route to Denver and continued beyond the boundary of the airway on a course which resulted in the aircraft striking mountainous terrain.
113607/12/1951Near Tezpur, IndiaIndamerDouglas C-47BVT-CHT20662330Cargo plane.
113707/12/1951Aracaju, BrazilLoide Aereo NacionalMaceio - AracajuDouglas DC-3PP-LPG14822/2626733330Crashed during a landing attempt in adverse weather conditions under VFR and hit high ground. The pilot attempted a visual approach and made a turn at low altitude in adverse weather conditions.
113811/13/1951Puy-de-Dôme, FranceMilitary - U. S. Air ForceFrankfort - BordeauxFairchild C-82 Packet45-57801A1017136360Flew into Mt. Dore.
113907/12/195122:45Lyneham AFB, EnglandMilitary - Royal Air ForceVickers Valetta C-1VW19410100One engine caught fire. The propellers of the working engine were feathered. The plane crashed.
114007/16/1951Off Lae, New GuineaQantasde Havilland DHA-3 Drover IIVH-EBQ5003770Crashed into the Huon Gulf after the center propeller failed.
114107/20/1951Thudamot, ChinaAir Outre-MerPakse, Laos - Saigon, VietnamDouglas C-47AF-OABX19634330Cargo plane.
114207/21/195100:00Near Sitka, AlaskaCanadian PacifiAir LinesVancouver - TokyoDouglas C-54ACF-CPC1032737370Disappeared with no trace over the PacifiOcean while flying from Vancouver to Tokyo. The last message was received while the aircraft was near Yakutat, Alaska with no reports of probems. Cause undetermined.
114307/24/1951Gao, MaliSabenaDouglas DC-3OO-CBA6327330The failure of the right engine during takeoff. A rupture of the hydraulicircuit with oil projection in the cockpit would have increased maneuver difficulties by restricting visibility in the cockpit
114407/29/1951Cochabamba, BoliviaLoide Aéreo NacionalCochabamba - Rio de JaneiroCurtiss C-46ACB-3926488770Crashed on takeoff.
114508/08/1951Barilla Bay, AustraliaTrans Australia AirlinesVH-TAT13083220Cargo plane. Loss of lateral control during a turn at low altitude soon after takeoff. The probable cause of the loss of lateral control was the presence of ice on the aircraft surface.
114608/11/195109:25Moisville, FranceAir FranceTrainingDouglas DC-3DF-BAXB42971550Abnormal flight maneuver made when the crew experienced difficulty in resuming normal flight on the two engines. Overspeed, reduction of pitch or difficulty in restarting the engine may have created a dangerous situation and caused the aircraft to stall in dissymmetrical flight, thus subjecting the airframe to stresses accompanied by buffeting which was either alternating or exceeded the design limits of the structure and caused the tail-plane to break off.
114708/17/1951Ubatuba, BrazilREALDouglas DC-3PP-YPX915410100
114808/24/195104:28Decoto, CaliforniaUnited Air Lines615Boston - Hartford - Cleveland - Chicago - OaklandDouglas DC-6BN3755043260/18050500Cleared for an approach to Oakland Municipal Airport, the aircraft crashed 15 miles SSE of the airport into Tolman peak. Patches of fog obscured the terrain. The aircraft struck a hill at an elevation of about 1,000 ft. at 225 to 240 mph. Neither of its 2 low-frequency receivers were tuned to the Oakland station and the captain may have attempted to fly by visual reference using the ADF. As a result, the flight was 3 miles off course and well below the minimum prescribed altitude. The failure of the captain to adhere to instrument procedures in the Newark area during an approach to the Oakland Municipal Airport.
114909/08/1951Sao Paulo, BrazilVASPDouglas DC-3PP-SPQ1559/2703613133Crashed into a house shortly after taking off from Congonhas Airport.
115009/12/195110:46Off Redwood City, CaliforniaUnited Air LinesBoeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-34N3123015970330The aircraft, with the No. 4 propeller feathered, stalled and dived into San Francisco Bay. An inadvertent stall at a low altitude from which recovery was not effected.
115109/12/195112:30Off Ialas Baeares, SpainSociete Alpes ProvencePerpignan - OranDouglas DC-3F-BEIZ15985/3273339390Crashed into the Mediterranean due to structural failure following loss of control in severe weather.
115209/15/1951Bangalore, IndiaAir IndiaBangalore - TrivandrumDouglas C-47A-30-DK Dakota IIIVT-CCA13853/2529828220Lost control and crashed when attempting to take off. Attempted to take off with the autopilot engaged.
115309/29/1951La Paz, BoliviaFrigorifico Cooperativo Los AndesCurtiss C-46D-15-CUCB-433334627270
115410/08/1951Cerro Blanco, MexicoAero TransportesMexico City - VillahermossaDouglas DC-3XA-GOR14007/25452880Flew into a mountain.
115510/15/1951East Griqualand, South AfricaSouth African AirwaysPort Elizabeth - DurbinDouglas DC-3ZS-AVJ689117170Crashed into Mt. Ingeli.
115610/15/1951North AtlanticMilitary - U.S. Air ForceAzores - Westover AFBBoeing C-97A Stratofreighter49-26021622412120Went missing en route.
115710/17/195118:55Mt. Benson, BC, CanadaQueen Charlotte AirlinesKildala - VancouverConsolidated PBY-5A CatalinaCF-FOQ40023230While flying VFR in adverse weather conditions, the pilot mistook Nanaimo for Vancouver. The plane crashed into Mt. Benson, 20 miles west of Vancouver.
115810/22/1951Skopje, YugoslaviaJAT Yugoslav AirlinesBelgrad - SkopjeDouglas DC-3YU-ACC1301412120Crashed while en route.
115910/27/195119:00Near Flores, GuatemalaMilitary - Guatemalan Air ForceDouglas C-47FAGO96127250Crashed and burned in jungle 170 miles north northeast of Guatemala City. It is theorized a passenger may have started a fire in the aircraft's cabin with a cigarette.
116011/05/195109:29Near Tucumcari, ArazonaTransocean Air LinesCAM5763Oakland - AlbuquerqueMartin 202N9303991602910Crashed while attempting to land at Albuquerque in marginal weather conditions. The captain's attempt to land during less than minimum visibility, rather than proceed to his alternate. A military contract flight.
116111/19/1951Cairo, EgyptDevlet Hava YollariAnkara - CairoDouglas DC-3TC-ACA7352550Crashed into a sand dune while attempting to land.
116211/21/1951Calcutta, IndiaDeccan AirwaysDouglas DC-3VT-AUO1326517160The aircraft struck trees in fog during a missed approach 3 miles north of Dum Dum airport as the crew descended too low in poor visibility.
116311/24/1951Zurich, SwitzerlandEl AlZurich - RomeDouglas DC-44X-AND10512760The cargo plane crashed on approach.
116411/27/1951San Luis Acatlan, MexicoLineas Aereas UnidasDC-2-243XA-DOQ207721130
116512/04/195107:25Denver, ColoradoUnited Air LinesTrainingDouglas DC-3AN171094999330Stalled, entered a spin and crashed. An inadvertent spin at an altitude too low for recovery.
116612/13/1951Yaramunda, Papua New GuineaQantasde Havilland DH-84VH-UR330
116712/16/195115:09Elizabeth, New JerseyMiami AirlinesFort Smith - NewarkCurtiss Wright C-46FN1678M2257256561Shortly after taking off from Newark Airport the control tower noticed smoke emanating from the right engine. Minutes later the aircraft gradually descended, its left wing dropped and the aircraft struck the roof of a vacant building. Hold-down studs in the number 10 cylinder of the right engine failed due to fatigue. Fire erupted at the base of the failed cylinder. Extension of the landing gear and loss of the right engine led to the aircraft stalling at the height of about 200 ft. The aircraft was also overloaded by 117 pounds. A stall with the landing gear extended following a serious loss of power from the right engine. This loss of power was caused by the failure of the hold-down studs of the No. 10 cylinder, precipitating a fire in flight which became uncontrollable.
116812/23/1951Tehran, IranMisrairSNCASE LanguedocSU-AHH4122220Crashed at Mehrabad airport during a third landing attempt.
116912/29/195122:25Near Little Valley, New YorkContinental Charters44-2Pittsburgh - BuffaloCurtiss C-46A-50-CUN3944C3046640260Proceding at a low altitude to maintain reference with the ground, the plane drifted off course and crashed into a hill 15 miles east of the direct route. Flying VFR under IFR condtions. The captain's poor judgement in attempting a flight by visual reference during instrument weather conditions.
117012/30/195122:07Near Fairbanks, AlaskaTransocean Air Lines501Umiat - FairbanksCurtiss C 46F-CUN6896322485440The flight made an authorized left turn while outbound on the east leg of the Fairbanks radio range and subsequently struck Chena Dome, northeast of the station while on a westerly heading. The failure of the pilot to follow procedures and utilize properly the radio facilities for approach and letdown at Fairbanks with the result that the flight became lost.
117112/30/195115:40Near Phoenix, ArizonaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceNew York - Williams AFBDouglas C-47D47-7626628280Crashed into a mountainside at an altitude of 7,000 ft. while en route.
117212/31/1951Calcutta, IndiaKalinga AirlinesDouglas C-47AVT-COA13859/25304330The cargo plane crashed on takeoff.
117301/02/1952Andapa, MadagascarAir FranceJunkers JU-52/3mF-BAMQ1061160
117401/10/195219:15Com Edno, WalesAer LingusNortholt - DublinDouglas DC-3EI-AFL16699/3344723230The aircraft lost control in severe turbulence and downdrafts and crashed in a soft peat bog 1 mile east of Llyn Gwynant. The encountering of strong down-currents of air on the lee side of Snowdon which forced the aircraft down into an area of strong turbulence where control was lost.
117501/19/195201:38Off Sandspit, BC, CanadaNorthwest Orient Airlines324Tokyo - Elmendorf AFBDouglas DC-4N453422727943360The crew chose to divert to Sandpit after the No. 1 engine was shut down. The aircraft crashed into the PacifiOcean one mile offshore after overshooting the runway during the emergency landing. A nose gear retraction difficulty in connection with an icing condition or a power loss, which made the aircraft incapable of maintaining flight. Most of the fatalities were from exposure to the frigid water.
117601/22/195215:43Elizabeth, New JerseyAmerican Airlines6780Buffalo - NewarkConvair CV-240-0N9422905423237The aircraft crashed into an apartment house during its approach, 3 miles short and right of the runway. The plane crashed while level laterally but in a steep descending attitude. Most likely cause was carburetor icing. Official cause unknown.
117702/04/1952Kikwit, Belgian CongoSabenaDouglas DC-3OO-CBN1345015150In-flight failure of a propeller which damaged control cables causing loss of control of the aircraft. The control cables in the fuselage were sheared by the right propeller which broke loose following a shaft failure caused by the sudden stopping of the engine caused by fatigue failure of No. 6 piston lug.
117802/07/1952Kaneko, JapanMilitary - U.S. Air ForceBoeing B-291717Hit power lines and crashed into houses. Seventeen killed including civilians.
117902/11/195200:20Elizabeth, New JerseyNational Airlines101Douglas DC-6N9089143055/3763294The aircraft crashed into an apartment complex shortly after taking off. The last message from the pilot was 'I've lost an engine and am returning to field.' Reversal in flight of No. 3 propeller and subsequent feathering of No. 4 propeller at too low an altitude to effect a recovery.
118001/07/195320:55Issaquah, WashingtonFlying Tiger Line841San Francisco - SeattleDouglas C-54B-10-DON8657418350770The plane trees and high ground while on approach. The flight's deviation from the established approach procedure.
118102/16/195217:34Near Burgio, ItalyHunting Air TravelNice - MaltaVickers 614 Viking 1G-AHPI14231310Hit the north slope of La Cinta mountain range while en route. Pilot did not maintain a safe altitude. The pilots ignorance of wind conditions which allowed the aircraft to drift 3 degrees off course.
118202/19/1952Near Yaounde, CameroonSTAAPConsolidated 32 Liberator IIF-BEFX12990
118302/19/195202:23Nagpur, IndiaDeccan AirwaysDouglas DC-3VT-AXE191601630Banked left and struck trees 2,000 ft. short of the runway. Pilot error. The pilot misjudged the approach, undershot and hit the tops trees. A contributing factor was the setting of the pilot's altimeter to QNH, rather than the customary QFE during the final approach.
118402/28/1952Uberlandia, BrazilPanair do BrasilRio de Janeiro - GuianaDouglas DC-3APP-PCN3284880The right wing struck trees after attempting a go-around. Pilot error.
118503/03/195208:10Nice, FranceAir FranceNice - ParisSNCASE LanguedocF-BCUM4338380After taking off, the plane was observed turning to the left until it turned on its back and crashed. Malfunction of ailerons. The gear chain of the co-pilot's control column slipped off the sprocket and jammed the aileron controls.
118603/10/1952Cebu, PhilippinesPhilippine Air LinesDouglas C-47A-35-DLPI-C59754330The cargo plane lost altitude and crashed into a house.
118703/12/1952Near Sequin, TexasMilitary - U.S. Air Force / U.S. Air ForceTrainingBoeing B-29 / Boeing B-291515While on a training mission and flying blind on instruments the planes collided. One plane struck the ground and disintegrated. The other glided down several miles away, exploded and burned. Both planes crashed on ranches several miles apart about 18 miles from San Antonio . Six killed on one plane and seven on the other.
118803/22/1952Near Gaspe, Quebec, CanadaMaritime Central AirwaysSt. Johns - Goose BayDouglas C-47-DLCF-BXZ4695440The cargo plane disappeared en route. Found 5 months later.
118903/22/195210:45Frankfurt, GermanyKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesRome - FrankfortDouglas DC-6PH-TPJ43111/10247440Crashed and burst into flames two miles short of the runway in rain and fog during the approach. Cause unknown. The aircraft was named 'Koningin Juliana.'
119003/24/195203:10Gao, French West AfricaSociété Aérienne de Tr. TropicauxLockheed 18 LodestarF-ARTE200521170Crashed after taking off. Pilot failed to maintain altitude after taking off for reasons unknown. May have been pilot fatigue.
119103/26/1952Moscow, RussiaAeroflot70700The plane overshot the runway and collided with a military aircraft killing at least 70 people.
119203/29/1952Near San Felipe, VenezuelaTACADouglas DC-3YV-C-AZU12120Crashed into the summit on Cerro Grande Mountain.
119303/30/1952Baguio, PhilippinesPhilippine Air LinesDouglas DC-3PI-C2701380829100Crashed during takeoff.
119404/05/195208:25New York, New YorkUS Airlines4-2Curtiss C-46F-1-CUN1911M22464223Violent engine surges and turbulence during a missed ILS approach caused the crew to loose control of the aircraft and crash at 171st St. and 89th Ave. in Queens. The no.1 engine fuel feed valve diaphragm failed due to deterioration.
119504/09/195208:07Mihara Volcano, JapanJapan Air LinesTokyo - OsakaMartin 202N93043916437370On an early morning flight, under instrument conditions, the crew flew the route segment from Tokyo to Oshima Island 1,000 ft. below the minimum instrument altitude. At Oshima Island the aircraft crashed into the side of Mihara volcano.
119604/10/1952Agartala, IndiaKalinga AirlinesDouglas C-47AVT-DFN13628440The cargo plane crashed while en route after losing an engine and attempting an emergency landing.
119704/11/195212:20North of San Juan, Puerto RicoPan American World Airways526ASan Juan - New York CityDouglas DC-4N888991050369520After taking off from Isle Grande Airport the crew had engine problems.The aircraft then crashed into the AtlantiOcean. The ditching took place in turbulent seas. The tail broke off on impact and the aircraft stayed afloat for only 3 minutes and sank. The company's inadequate maintenance in not changing the No. 3 engine which resulted in its failure immediately subsequent to takeoff and the persistent action of the captain in attempting to re-establish a climb, without using all available power, following the critical loss of power to another engine. This resulted in a nose-high attitude, progressive loss of air speed and the settling of the aircraft at too low an altitude to effect recovery. The aircraft was named Clipper Endeavor.
119804/18/195203:34Near Whittier, CaliforniaNorth Continental Airlines (Robin Airlines)416WKansas City, MO - Phoenix - BurbankCurtiss C-46F-1CUN8404C2246629290The plane was on a flight from New York City to Burbank, California. Due to poor visibility and fog, the flight was diverted to Los Angeles Airport for an ILS approach. While on approach, the plane crashed into the Puente Hills and burned. The pilot voluntarily descended below the minimum altitude for which he was cleared and attempted an approach at too low an altitude to clear the terrain. The pilot in command was flying with a restricted medical certificate. An emergency suspension was placed on the airline and it was discovered the airline had allegations of more than 40 violations listed against it including charges of overweight planes, excessive flying time for crews and failure to use approved seats and safety belts.
119912/15/1953AviatecaAviatecaBrownsville, TX - Guatemala CityCurtiss C-46DTG-AQA33589220The cargo plane flew into a mountain at 8,000 ft.
120004/29/195204:40Near Carolina, BrazilPan American World Airways202Rio de Janeiro - New York CityBoeing 377-10-26 StratocruiserN1039V15939/1250500The flight crashed into the jungle about 887 nm NNW of Rio de Janerio. Separation of the propeller blade leading to separation of the No. 2 engine due to highly unbalance forces, leading to the distintegration of the aircraft. The aircraft was named 'Clipper Good Hope.'
120104/30/1952Delhi, IndiaDeccan AirwaysMadras - DelhiDouglas DC-3VT-AUN13405990Lost an engine while on approach and crashed. Fuel starvation caused when the plane banked to make a turn and the tank being used had very little fuel in it.
120205/05/1952Near Skien, NorwayFred Olsen FlyveselskapAmsterdam, Netherlands - Jarsberg, NorwayDouglas C-47ALN-NAD1214829110Crashed on a mountain slope while en route. There were mainly whaling crews aboard, returning from the antarctic. Crew navigational error.
120305/09/1952Ipoh, MalaysiaGaruda Indonesia AirlinesDouglas DC-3PK-DPA4295417170Crashed shortly after taking off.
120405/13/1952Sao Paulo, BrazilVASPSao Paulo - BauruDouglas DC-3PP-SPM16894/341512250Crashed while attempting to make an emergency landing after experiencing an engine failure. Failure of the port engine due to accessory drive failure. Failure of the starboard engine due to seizure as a result of deficient maintenance. Error on the part of the crew in lowering the landing gear in emergency conditions.
120505/24/1952Near Manaus, BrazilLoide Aéreo NacionalCurtiss C-46APP-LDE446660The cargo plane lost an engine while taking off, stalled and crashed. Failure of maintenance staff to remove the flying control locks. Failure of one engine for reason undetermined.
120605/26/195208:45Near Atar, MauritaniaBritish Overseas Airways251Tripoli - KanoHandley Page HP-81 Hermes IVG-ALDNHP-81/151810The crew became lost in the desert, ran out of fuel and made a forced landing. Survivors had to be led by a rescue team 15 miles to an oasis before they could be evacuated. The co-pilot died 5 days later from head injuries suffered in the accident. Navagational errors by the crew. Improper adjustment of the parameters of the gyroscopicompass CL2 Gyrosyn by the navigator. Absence of radio assistance and incorrect use of the compasses. Captain's decision to use the gyroscopicompass in the place of the magneticompass which was inoperative. The aircraft was named 'Horus.'
120706/13/195211:29BaltiSeaSwedish Air ForceRadio surveillance missionDouglas DC-3790019001880Shot down by a Mig-15 Russian Air Force fighter over the BaltiSea in international waters while on a radio surveillance mission. Wreckage found 06/17/2003, recovered 03/19/2004.
120806/24/1952Lakenheath AFB, EnglandMilitary - U.S. Air ForceBoeing B-5011110Crashed and burned between two farms.
120906/25/1952Off Northumberland, North SeaMilitary - Royal Air ForceAvro Shackleton MR-1VP26113110Crashed into the North Sea near Holy Island while participating in North AtlantiTreaty maneuvers
121007/27/195211:46Off Rio de Janeiro, BrazilPan American World Airways201Rio de Janeiro - Buenos AiresBoeing 377 StratocruiserN1030V159392710A woman was suck out of the plane . The flight engineer's failure to recognize an unsafe condition of the cabin door despite three completely separate warnings of that condition and the captain's action in continuing flight while pressurized despite the several warnings that the main cabin door was not properly locked.
121108/12/1952Palmeira de Goias, BrazilTransportes Areos NacionalesRio Verde - GoianiaDouglas DC-3PP-ANH2018724240Exploded in midair. A bomb exploded aboard.
121208/21/195201:00Off Trapani, ItalyAirworkBlackbushe - Malta - KhartoumHandley Page HP-81 Hermes 4AG-ALDFHP-81/75770After failure of all four engines the plane ditched into the Mediterranean Sea. The initial failure of the No. 1 and 2 engines for reasons unknown.
121308/26/195207:00Near Khewra, West PakistanMilitary - Pakistan Air ForceKhewra - PeshawarBristol 170 FreighterG78318180Crashed shortly after taking off from Khewra. Possible engine failure.
121408/29/195221:05Kosti, SudanPhoenix AirlinesJuba - Wadi HalfaDouglas DC-2-115BZS-DFW1322420Extremely bad weather forced the captain of the cargo plane to divert from his original destination. No proper preparation had been made for a possible landing at an alternate airfield prior to commencement of flight. The secondary cause was due to the Captain's attempt to execute a landing at Kosti aerodrome which was not equipped with night landing facilities. The Captain landed on the runway but was unable to align himself with the center line and in consequence ran off the runway and struck a steel windsock support and thereafter struck various obstructions such as trees which lay in the path.
121509/06/195215:40Near Farnsborough, EnglandPrivate - de Havilland Aircraftde Havilland 110WG2351152One of two engines of the aircraft fell into a crowd at a performance at the Farnborough air show. The aircraft crashed to the ground 1.5 miles from the grandstands killing the Chief test pilot of de Havilland Aircraft Corporation, John Derry and an observer, Tony Richards. In addition, fifty two people on the ground were killed and over 60 injured. The cause was a structural design fault in the D shaped leading edge section of the wing. When Derry pulled a high G turn, the wing buckled.
121609/10/1952San Blas, PanamaSAM ColombiaCurtiss C-4646460
121712/17/195306:50Guam, Mariana IslandsMilitary - U.S. Air ForceBoeing B-2944-8774116118The aircraft crashed into an officer's housing area after attemping to make an emergency landing with an engine out,at Anderson Air Force Base on Guam.
121809/15/1952Wadi Halfa, SudanKalinga AirlinesDouglas C-47AVT-CGB9945330A navigational error on the part of the captain. This error was severely aggravated by the lack of proper radio aids from the destination airport, the unserviceability of the aircraft R/T equipment, and to a lesser degree the physical condition of the crew. The secondary cause was the cargo plane coming into close proximity of high ground due to the captains uncertainty of his position.
121910/08/1952Off Tarbat Ness, ScotlandMilitary - Royal Air ForceAvro Shackleton MR-1VP28614140Was on air-sea practice when it crashed near Tarbat Ness.
122010/14/1952San Fransisco do Paula, BrazilREALSao Paulo - Porto AlegreDouglas DC-3PP-AXJ617728140After being cleared to land the aircraft struck high ground and burst int flames. Navigational error in not knowing where the aircraft was located. Poor weather.
122110/16/1952Off Kangnung, South KoreaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceCurtiss-Wright C-46D-CU44-775383293425250The aircraft crashed into the Sea of Japan while en route. No signs of the wreckage were ever found and only two bodies were recovered when they washed ashore.
122210/29/195208:30Near Flagstaff, ArizonaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceBoeing KC-97G Stratofreighter52-27111673316160Struck Gray Mountain in poor visibility while en route.
122311/06/1952Lake Chad, ChadUnion Aeromaritime de TransportFort Lamy - BeirutDouglas C-54B-1-DCF-BFVO10498650
122411/07/195203:00Near Summit, AlaskaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceElmendorf AFB - Big DeltaFairchild C-119C51-2560A1051819190A course deviation led to the aircraft crashing into Mt. McKinley at an elevation of 12,000 ft.
122511/14/195214:45Near Seoul, South KoreaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceFairchild C-119C51-2551A44440Struck a mountain at an elevation of 2,000 ft. as it prepared to land at U.S. military base K-16. The mountains were obscured by low clouds.
122611/15/1952Near Anchorage, AlaskaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceElemndorf AFB - Kodiak NASFairchild C-119C51-25701052820200Disappeared while en route. No trace of the aircraft was ever found.
122711/17/1952Shepard, MontanaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceGreat Falls - Denver, ColoradoFairchild C-119C-23-FA Flying Boxcar1690While en route, a propeller failed and punctured the fuselage after which vibrations caused the No. 1 engine to fall off. The pilot attempted to make an emergency landing. The plane crashed and came to rest in a muddy field.
122811/22/195220:15Mount Gannett, AlaskaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceDouglas C-124A Globemaster51-107A46409652520Bound for Elmendorf Air Force Base, the aircraft struck the south slope of Mount Gannett. The plane drifted off course due to high winds.
122911/28/195200:50Near Tacoma, WashingtonMilitary - U.S. Air ForceDouglas C-54G (DC-4)38370Crashed in poor visibility and fog after diverting to Great Falls. The No. 3 engine failed and the plane crashed into trees approximately 1 mile southwest of the airport. An 8-year old boy was the only survivor.
123012/06/1952Near Sofia, BugariaTABSOSofia - VarnaLisunov Li-218180Crashed en route.
123112/06/195204:40Off Bermuda-Kindley Field, BermudaCubana de AviacionMadrid - Azores - Bermuda - HavanaDouglas DC-4CU-T3971031941370Crashed dived into the sea approximately 5 miles from the airport shortly after taking off. Cause unknown. The plane was called 'The Star of the East.'
123212/20/195206:30Moses Lake, WashingtonMilitary - U.S. Air ForceDouglas C-124A Globemaster50-10043238115870Within two minutes after takeoff the aircraft began to lose altitude. It crashed and burned into a snow laden field at the end of the airstrip. Failure of the pilot to remove the rudder and elevator locking pin prior to taking off.
123312/21/1952Off Miami, FloridaRutas Aéreas Nacionales SACurtiss C-46DYV-C-ARC33486330Disappeared over the Atlantic. Never found.
123412/25/1952Off Caracas, VenezuelaAvensaDouglas DC-3YV-C-AVX7391530Lost altitude and ditched near shore after taking off.
123512/25/1952Tehran, IranIran AirAbadan - TehranDouglas DC-3EP-ACJ969229270Crashed while landing.
123612/30/1952Chinmen Island, TaiwanPhilippine Air LinesDouglas DC-3PI-C381020After takeoff from Laoag an armed man forced his way into the cockpit. He pulled .45-caliber pistol and demanded that the plane be brought to Amoy, in mainland China. The captain took over control from the co-pilot and put the plane into a steep dive. The hijacker did not lose his balance and instead shot and killed the captain. The co-pilot took over control and meanwhile the steward had come up to the cockpit to find out what was going on. As he knocked, the hijacker shot him twice through the cockpit door, killing him. The co-pilot changed course to China and continued at 6000 feet over the China Sea until two Chinese Nationalists T-6 Harvard planes showed up. Both planes chased the DC-3 and sprayed machine gun fire. The pilot managed to escape until he met with other Nationalist planes, who forced the flight to land at Quemoy. At Quemoy the hijacker was arrested.
123701/05/195320:53Belfast, Northern IrelandBritish European AirwaysNortholt - BelfastVickers Viking 610-1BG-AJDL26235270Crashed into approach lights while attempting to land. Error of judgement on the part of the pilot.
123802/13/1970Pin-la-Garenne, FranceAvia-TaxiCessna 402F-BPJA402-010010100
123901/07/195304:12Fish Haven, IdahoAssociated Air Transport1-6-6ABoeing Field - CheyenneCurtiss C-46N1648M2239540400The plane crashed into mountains while en route. Upon entering an area of turbulence, the plane was unable to climb and crashed into trees. Found 5 months later. The inadvertent descent into an area of turbulence and icing which resulted in the pilot's inability to regain a safe altitude.
124001/15/195304:4825 nm off Agrigento, ItalyMilitary -Royal Air Force-Vickers Valetta Mk1 / Avero LancasterVX562 / TX27026260
124101/26/1953Sinnai, Sardinia, ItalyLinee Aeree ItalianeCagliari - RomeDouglas DC-3I-LAIL430819190Crashed after a wing failed due to overstressing.
124202/02/195305:30Off Newfoundland, CanadaLancashire Aircraft Corporation (Skyways)Lajes, Azores - GanderAvro 685 York 1G-AHFA130439390Last know coordinates 46' 15' N, 46'31'W, over the North Atlantic. A distress message was received. No trace of the aircraft or its occupants were ever found.
124302/03/1953Muong Sai, LaosAir OutremerDouglas DC-3F-OAFR15283/2672818180Destroyed by shelling.
124402/07/1953Eysines, FranceAutrexDouglas DC-4F-BFGR102902050Crashed into a grove of small trees and burst into flames while trying to land in heavy fog.
124502/09/195319:00Cairo, EgyptMilitary - Egyptian Air ForceCurtiss-Wright C-46100135300Crashed into a hill during a sandstorm.
124602/14/195317:10Off Mobile, AlabamaNational Airlines470Miami - Orlando - New OrleansDouglas DC-6N9089343057/7346460The aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off Mobile, Alabama. The aircraft broke up in the turbulence of a 'frontal wave' storm after failure of the left wing. The loss of control followed by the in-flight failure and separation of portions of the airframe structure while the aircraft was traversing an intense frontal-wave type storm of extremely severe turbulence, the severity and location of which the pilot had not been fully informed.
124703/03/195303:35Karachi, PakistanCanadian PacifiAir LinesKarachi - Rangoonde Havilland DH106 Comet 1ACF-CUN0601411110The aircraft overran the runway during takeoff. Excessive nose-up attitude of the aircraft during the takeoff run producing a partly stalled condition and excessive drag. The pilot who had only limited experience in the Comet aircraft, elected to takeoff at night at the maximum permissable takeoff for the prevailing conditions. The circumstances required strict adherence to the prescribed takeoff technique, which was not complied with. First fatal crash of a commercial jet aircraft. The aircraft was named Empress of Hawaii.
124803/04/1953Windsor Locks, ConnecticutSlick Airways162New York, NY - Winsor Locks, CTCurtiss C-46FN4717N22400220After missing his first approach to the airport, the pilot displayed poor judgement in attempting a circle under the overcast in rain and at night, rather than execute a standard instrument approach.
124903/14/1953Kalasahar, IndiaOrient AirwaysDelhi - DaccaConvair CV-240-7AP-AEG08216160Crashed into a mountain while en route in severe weather. The pilot descended in poor visibility in order to find his position.
125003/17/1953Off Da Nang, VietnamAigle AzurHue - Da NangDouglas DC-3F-BEFG19105880Crashed into the sea in poor weather conditions.
125103/18/195304:10Random Island, NewfoundlandMilitary - U.S. Air ForceAzores - Rapid City AFBConvair RB-36H51-13721A23230The aircraft, flying low over the AtlantiOcean, was to have flown higher when it reached the coast. Tail-winds caused the aircraft to arrive earlier and the plane hit a hill in low cloud cover.
125203/20/195318:38Alvarado, CaliforniaTransocean Air Lines942Roswell - Oakland - GuamDouglas DC-4 (C-54-10-DO)N889423607635350The aircraft crashed into a flat barley field and burned. The aircraft first struck the ground with its right wing tip in a near vertical position, cartwheeled and disintegrated. All 30 passengers were maintenance personnel from the 509th Bomb Wing, noted for dropping the atomibombs on Japan. Accumulation of ice on the surfaces of the aircraft in sufficient magnitude to have caused loss of control. Official cause of loss of control unknown.
125303/27/1953Itapebi, BrazilTransportes Aéreos Salvadorde Havilland DH-114 Heron 1BPP-SLG1400414140The pilot aborted the takeoff after loosing the No. 2 engine and was unable to stop on the remaining runway. Error of judgment on the part of the pilot in not continuing the takeoff with three engines still operating
125403/29/1953Mtara, TanganyikaCentral African AirwaysNairobi - Dar-es-SalaamVickers 616 Viking 1BVP-YEY16813130Crashed after a wing failed due to metal fatigue cracks after the aircraft encountered strong winds. A wrong type of grease used when fitting press fit bolts to the booms caused corrosion, thus weakening the lower starboard boom at the outboard bolt hole.
125504/10/1953Off Kingston, JamaicaCaribbean International AirwaysLockheed 18-56 LodeStarVP-JBC256813130Lost an engine on takeoff, climbed to 100-200 ft. entering a slight banking turn and crashed into the sea. Failure of the left engine which was due to the cracking of the accessory drive gear. Failure of the pilot to take precautionary steps on hearing the back firing, which was a warning of possible engine failure.
125604/10/1953Miandivazo, MadagascarAir FranceJunkers JU-5/-3mF-BALE090440The cargo plane crashed on take off.
125704/14/1953Near Guwahati, IndiaAirwaysDouglas C-47AVT-AUJ19149330The cargo plane crashed in the Khasi hills. The port wing failed in the air due to an upload as a result of being subjected to loads greater than those for which it was designed.
125804/14/195302:22Selleck, WashingtonMiami AirlinesSpokane - EllenburghDouglas DC-3 (C-47-DL)N65743204322570The aircraft crashed into Cedar Mountain following double engine failure. The progressive failure of both engines, due to the lack of compliance with proper maintenance standards. Spark plugs in both engines had been operated beyond their normal maintenance inspection period and exhibited evidence of a condition conducive to detonation and preignition. There was evidence that detonation and preignition took place in both engines and that they ultimately failed as a result of master rod bearing failures.
125904/16/1953NW of Hanoi, VietnamAigle AzurHanoi - Na SanDouglas DC-3F-BESS1949830300Crashed after takeoff due to wing failure.
126004/20/195323:08San Francisco Bay, CaliforniaWestern Airlines636Los Angeles - San Francisco - OaklandDouglas DC-6BN91303438231080The aircraft descended below minimum altitude and crashed into the sea. The pilot's action in continuing a descent below the 500 ft. prescribed minimum altitude until the aircraft struck the water. A probable contributing factor to the aircraft striking the water was the sensory illusion experienced by the pilots.
126105/02/195316:35Near Jalalogori, West Bengal, IndiaBritish Overseas Airways783/057Calcutta - Delhide Havilland DH106 Comet 1G-ALYV0600843430The aircraft crashed 6 minutes after taking off from Dum Dum Airport. The accident occurred during a violent thunderstorm. Wreckage indicated that the aircraft broke up in the air. Failure of both elevator spars caused by a heavy down-load that may have been associated with a pull-up maneuver. Severe gusts encountered in the thundersquall and overcontrolling or loss of control by the pilots when flying through the thunderstorm. The aircraft was nicknamed 'York Victor.'
126205/07/1953Off Hartland Point, EnglandMilitary - Royal Air ForceVickers Valetta T-3WG25810100Crashed into the sea.
126305/09/195301:28New Delhi, IndiaAir IndiaDelh - Ahmedabad - BombayDouglas DC-3VT-AUD1371618180Stalled following takeoff. An error of judgement by the pilot, who executed a steep starboard turn. He could not come out of the overbanked turn in time because of the low altitude. Inexperience of the pilot with the type of the aircraft which he was flying.
126405/11/1953Prince Rupert, BC, CanadaCanadian PacifiAir LinesSandpit, BC - Prince Rupert, BCConsolidated PBY-5A CatalinaCF-CRV219841920Crashed while attempting to land. Misuse of controls after the aircraft touched down on the water. The aircraft bounced several times with the final bounce being so severe the nose section was torn off.
126505/17/195314:15Near Marshall, TexasDelta Air Lines318Dallas - ShreveportDouglas DC-3N28345222420190The plane crashed 13 miles east of Marashall Texas, during an approach to Shreveport in a severe thunderstorm. The encountering of conditions in a severe thunderstorm that resulted in loss of effective control of the aircraft and the failure of the captain to adhere to company directives requiring the avoidance of thunderstorms when conditions would allow such action.
126605/25/195315:30Amsterdam, NetherlandsKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesAmsterdam - ParisConvair CV-240-4PH-TEI1253402While taking off the plane reached a height of about 50 ft. after which flaps were retracted. The plane began to lose height and crash landed into a meadow. While no one on the plane died, two girls on a bicycle path were killed.
126706/15/1953Near Copiapo, ChileLANLockheed 18 LoadstarCC-CLD-01002617770Crashed. Engine fire.
126806/15/1953San Ramon Mtns., Costa RicaLACSAPalmar Sur - San IsidoroDouglas DC-3TI-100214633/2607814110Crashed into a mountainside while attempting to land in poor weather.
126906/16/1953Phou-Lassy, French Indo-ChinaAigle AzurVientiane - SaigonDouglas DC-3F-BEST1910034340Crashed after on-board fire. Possibly shot down.
127006/17/1953Sao Paulo, BrazilPanair do BrasilLockheed 049-46-21 ConstellationPP-PDA206617170Crashed while on final approach to Sao Paulo. Error of judgement by the crew during poor visibility at night.
127106/18/195316:34Tachikawa AFB, Tokyo, JapanMilitary - U.S. Air ForceTachikawa AB - Kimpo ABDouglas C-124A Globemaster II51-137A434711291290Crashed shortly after taking off from Tachikawa Air Base. Engine failure during takeoff. Premature application of full flaps during a three engine approach resulting in loss of air speed and crash. First aviation disaster to claim more than 100 lives.
127207/12/195308:41PacifiOcean, 325 miles east of Wake IslandTransocean Air Lines512Wake Island - Honolulu - OaklandDouglas DC-6AN9080642901/15358580Lost at sea while en route from Wake Island to Honolulu, Hawaii, approximately 325 miles east of Wake Island. Cause not determined, but there was thunderstorms and turbulence in the area. Fourteen bodies and all life rafts were recovered. The plywood panel from the navigator's table was recovered with the words 'falling in' written on it. There is some speculation that a bomb caused the accident. The aircraft was named 'The Royal Hawaiian.'
127307/17/195323:15Near Milton, FloridaMilitary - U.S. NavyWhitting NAS - Norfolk NBFairchild R4Q-213166346440The co-pilot failed to maintain a sufficient rate of climb after becoming airborne, struck obstacles and crashed into a wooded area.
127407/27/195312:30Near Kanggye, North KoreaAeroflotIlyushin IL-1221210Shot down by a U.S. Air Force F-86 jet fighter towards the end of the Korean War. The Russian government claimed the plane was over Chinese air space.
127509/29/1955Yellowknife, Northwest Territory, CanadaAssociated AirwaysAvro 685 York C-1CF-HMV210The cargo plane ditched into the Thoa river. Fuel exhaustion.
127608/03/195302:28Off Fethiye Point, TurkeyAir FranceRome - BeirutLockheed L- 749A ConstellationF-BAZS26284240The No. 3 engine broke away from the aircraft following severe vibrations causing loss of control of the No. 4 engine and necessitating a ditching 1.5 miles from the coast. Failure in flight of a propeller blade. Four passengers drowned.
127708/03/195322:37Sharjah, United Arab EmiratesOrient AirwaysSharjah - BahrainDouglas DC-3AP-AAD91432510Shortly after taking off, the aircraft entered a turn and crashed to the ground. The failure of the captain to supervise the first officer in flying the plane who was not able to fly on instruments in the dark.
127808/05/1953Off Irish coastMilitary - U.S. Air ForceBoeing B-3423140
127908/18/1953Near San Diego, CaliforniaAerovias ContrerasCurtiss C-46AXA-GOT26403220The cargo plane flew into a mountain.
128009/01/1953Near Barcelonnette, FranceAir FranceParis - Nice - Hong KongLockheed 749A ConstellationF-BAZZ267442420While on approach to land at Nice-Cote d' Azur Airport the aircraft crashed into Mt. Cemet in the French Alps. French violinist Jacques Tribaud, 72, among those killed. Navigational error. Pilot deviated from the prescribled route for reasons unknown.
128109/01/195318:42Vail, WashingtonRegina Cargo AirlinesMonterey, CA - Tacoma, WADouglas DC-3N19941633321210Crashed 26 nm short of McChord AFB. The pilot's attempt to continue flight under the provisions of VFR during IFR conditions.
128209/08/195313:16San Andres, HondurasTACASan Pedro - San AndresDouglas C-47AXH-TAR13817/25262330After a missed approach the No. 2 engine of the cargo plane failed. Failure of the right engine when the pilot wished to obtain maximum power from both engines after a missed landing.
128309/14/1953Chablekal, MexicoTransportes Aéreos MexicanosCampeche - MéridaDouglas C-47AXA-GIC13113210The cargo plane struck a tower in fog while attempting to land.
128409/16/195308:34Albany, New YorkAmerican Airlines723Boston - Hartford - Albany - ChicagoConvair CV-240-0N9425511628280After circling, the aircraft crashed into two radio towers while on approach to Albany Municipal Airport. While the pilot was aligning with the runway, he descended below obstructions partially obscured by fog. Crew's failure to abandon the landing under adverse weather conditions.
128509/25/1953Ankara, TurkeyDevlet Hava YollariAnkara - VanDouglas DC-3TC-EGE96942150Crashed to the ground after an engine fire.
128609/28/195316:18Louisville, KentuckyResort AirlinesPhiladelphia - LouisvilleCurtiss C-46F-1-CUN665342238441250While the plane was attempting to land it entered a steep climb, stalled and crashed. The structural failure of the left elevator in flight, causing loss of control. This structural failure was brought about by the left outboard hinge bolt backing out of the assembly. The underlying cause was improper maintenance which resulted in the installation of hinge bolts and bearings not meeting specifications, and inadequate inspection which failed to detect this condition.
128710/14/1953Frankfurt, GermanySabenaFrankfurt - BrusselsConvair CV-240-12OO-AWQ15444440Loss of engine power on takeoff. The loss of power may possibly be attributed to the heavy deposit of lead on the spark plugs.
128810/17/1953Lai Chau, VietnamCompagnie SilaDouglas C-47BF-VNAE14146/25591720Cargo plane.
128910/19/195313:00Near Monterrey, MexicoAerovias ContrerasMonterrey - Falcon DamDouglas C-46A-CU ( DC-3)XA-GOT2640321210Crashed into a ravine.
129010/19/195300:56New York City, New YorkEastern Air Lines627New York City - San JuanLockheed 749A ConstellationN119A26162720The aircraft crashed a few seconds after becoming airborne. The captain's loss of visual reference and orientation when he encountered drifting fog shortly after becoming airborne on take-off and the resultant inadvertent assumption of a descending flight path.
129110/29/195308:44Near Half Moon Bay, CaliforniaBritish Commonwealth PacifiAirlines304/44Sydney - Honolulu - San FranciscoDouglas DC-6VH-BPE4312519190While flying in fog on an approach to San Francisco International Airport, the aircraft crashed into a redwood forest on a mountain ridge, 7.5 miles southeast of Half Moon Bay. The plane struck the ridge of King's Mountain and broke up, scattering wreckage over a half-mile area. Failure of the crew to follow prescribed procedures for an instrument approach. American pianist, William Kapell, 31, killed.
129211/03/1953Potosi, BoliviaLloyd Aereo BolivianoCamiri - SuereDouglas DC-3CP-600218128280Crashed into Rodeo Pampa mountain during approach, 37 miles from its destination.
129311/11/195317:30Off Argyll, EnglandMilitary - Royal Air ForceAvro Shackleton MR-2WL74610100
129412/04/1953Mt. Somosierra, SpainAviacoBilbao - MadridBristol 170 Freighter 21EC-AEG1279733230Crashed in poor weather conditions.
129512/12/1953Nagpur, IndiaIndian AirlinesDouglas DC-3VT-CHF1181014130The aircraft experienced loss of control in too steep a turn. Loss of critical height during a steep left hand turn, with the landing gear down, executed by the pilot at an unsafe altitude in an attempt to return to the aerodrome, after experiencing a temporary loss of power of the left engine soon after becoming airborne. A false right engine fire warning precipitated the attempt at a forced landing.
129612/19/1953Zurich, SwitzerlandSabenaConvair CV-240OO-AWO1284410Descended below the glide path in poor weather and darkness and crashed 1.5 miles short of the runway. Poor approach procedures performed by the pilot.
129712/21/1953Dah-el-Kadeeb, SyriaSyrian AirwaysDouglas DC-3YK-AAF1590
129801/02/1954Herat, AfghanstanAriana Afghan AirlinesDouglas DC-321210
129901/05/1954Lapseki, TurkeyDevlet Hava YollariBandirma - CanakkaleDouglas DC-3TC-BAG196161040Flew into a mountain.
130001/06/195417:20Near Aldbury, EnglandMilitary -Royal Air ForceBovingdon AF - Thorney IslandVickers ValettaWJ47459917160The aircraft crashed 4 minutes after taking off in a snow shower. The aircraft lost altitude and crashed to the ground for reasons unknown.
130101/10/195409:50Off Elba, ItalyBritish Overseas Airways781Rome - Londonde Havilland DH106 Comet 1G-ALYP0600335350The aircraft broke up in-flight while en route from Rome to London. Metal fatigue due to a design flaw caused a breakup of the aircraft. Second crash with the same cause. The aircraft was nicknamed 'Yoke Peter.'
130201/11/1954Manizales, ColombiaAVIANCAMedellin - ArmeniaDouglas DC-3HK-1601954021210Crashed into a mountain 1 hour after takeoff.
130301/13/1954Long Beach, CaliforniaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceF-88 Sabre Jet116The jet fighter crashed into homes killing 6 people and destroying 3 homes while attempting to land.
130401/14/1954Rome, ItalyPhilippine Air LinesDouglas DC-6PI-C29442903/15016160Crashed in a steep dive while making an IFR landing in turbulence following an engine fire. Probably lost a wing during a pull out from a steep dive.
130501/14/1954Prague, CzechoslovakiaCeskoslovenske AeroliniePraha - Moravska - OstravaDouglas DC-3 (C-47A-DK)OK-WDS1185415150Crashed during takeoff.
130601/20/1954Kansas City, MissouriZantop Air TransportDouglas DC-3AN495514940330The cargo plane crashed while on approach. The loss of control of the aircraft at an altitude too low to effect recovery. The loss of control resulted from an accumulation of ice and the use of de-icer boots at low air speeds.
130702/01/195413:50Off Hokkaido, JapanMilitary - U.S. Air ForceMisawa - ChitoseCurtiss-Wright C46D-CU44-78027A3342335350After reporting a fire in the cargo hold and that a ditching was imminent, the last message from the aircraft was 'I've lost control of the aircraft we're going in.'
130802/05/1954Susitna Valley, AlaskaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceDouglas C-47589516100The plane broke apart over the Susitna Valley of South Central Alaska and the scattered parts fell onto Kesugi Ridge, which is now within Denali State Park. Six servicemen wearing parachutes escaped by being thrown from the disintegrating aircraft.
130902/12/1954Off Gozo, MaltaMilitary - Royal Air ForceMilitary exerciseAvro Shackleton MR-2WL79410100Crashed at sea while on manuvers.
131002/25/1954New Delhi, IndiaIndian AirlinesDouglas DC-3VT-ATU20358330The test flight crashed after attempting to determine the cause of a crash at Nagpur on 12/12/1953.
131102/26/195410:32Wright, WyomingWestern Airlines314Salt Lake City - Cedar City - Rapid CityConvair CV-240N8407H37990After entering an area of severe turbulence and icing, the plane made a rapid descent and struck the ground at high speed. A sudden emergency of undetermined origin under adverse weather conditions resulting in rapid descent and impact with the ground at high speed.
131203/04/195414:30Near St. Etienne de Tinee, FranceMilitary - U.S. Air ForceTripoli, Libya - Hahn, W GermanyDouglas C-47A-DL42-24096A995820200The aircraft struck a mountain and disintegrated at an altitude of 8,000 ft. while en route. The accident occurred in snow and low overcast conditions. The plane had drifted off the prescribed course and no wind drift correction had been made.
131303/13/1954Kallang Airport, SingaporeBritish Overseas AirwaysAustralia - LondonLockheed 749A-79-33 ConstellationG-ALAM255440330Crashed short of the runway, hit a wall, overturned and caught fire. Improper procedures used in landing. Pilot fatigue.
131403/14/1954Off Mackay, AustraliaQueensland AirlinesDouglas C-47AVH-BBV12360220The cargo plane crashed into the sea while en route.
131503/19/195422:30Near Lothian, MarylandMilitary - U.S. Air ForceOklahoma - Long Island, NYFairchild C-110F51-79931073218180Crashed to the ground about 20 minutes after leaving Bolling Air Force Base. The aircraft was circling a radio beacon under VFR waiting for IFR clearance. An attempt to maintain VFR flight at night and in poor visibility. Possible crew fatigue.
131603/26/1954Monterrey, MexicoAeronaves de MexicoMazatlan - MontereyDouglas DC-3XA-GUN735818180Crashed and burned on Friar's Peak while waiting for permission to land.
131704/03/1954Adana, TurkeyDevlet Hava YollariAdana - IstanbulDouglas DC-3TC-ARK1950925250Crashed en route approximately 15 minutes after takeoff from Adana.
131804/04/1954Hanoi, VietnamAutrexDouglas C-54AF-BFGQ10341440The cargo plane crashed into the Red River while on approach.
131904/08/195419:10Off Stromboli, ItalyBritish Overseas Airways201Rome - Cairode Havilland DH106 Comet 1G-ALYY0601121210The aircraft broke up in-flight and crashed into the sea en route from Rome to Cairo. Metal fatigue due to a design flaw led to the breakup of the aircraft. Third crash with the same cause. The aircraft was nicknamed 'Yoke Yoke.'
132004/08/195410:03Moose Jaw, SK, CanadaTrans Canada Air Lines / RCAFCanadair C-4-1Argonaut / Harvard Mark IICF-TFW/RCAF330915036361Midair collision between a Canadair C-4-1 and a RCAF Harvard Mark II at 6,000 feet. Thirty-five killed on the Canadair, one on the Harvard. Failure on the part of the pilots of both aircraft to maintain a proper lookout. The onus of responsibility for keeping out of the way being with the Harvard aircraft as it had the other on its own right side.
132104/13/1954Santiago, ChileLANDouglas DC-395616160
132204/13/1954Xieng Kouang, LaosSociete Indochinoise de RaviteillementLockheed 18 LodestarF-OALK260323160Crashed and burned during takeoff.
132304/23/195421:25Sierra del Vilgo, ArgentinaAerolineas ArgentinasMendoza - CordobaDouglas DC-3LV-ACX1238725250Crashed into a mountain during an approach. Deviation from prescribed course for unknown reasons. Crew fatigue may have played a part. The captain acted contrary to company policy regarding a required IFR approach.
132404/30/195409:18Near Calcutta, IndiaDarbhanga AviationDouglas C-47A-30-DKVT-DEM137921150The aircraft tried to return to the airport after the No. 1 engine failed on takeoff but was unable to maintain airspeed, stalled and crashed into a tree. Delay in feathering the No. 1 engine after failure. Improper emergency procedural errors by the pilot.
132505/22/195409:23Paraparaumu, New ZealandNew Zealand National AirwaysChurchchrist - ParaparaumuDouglas DC-3ZK-AQT15948/326962830Crashed onto a roadway from a height of 500 ft. The crew used the wrong fuel selection configueration and the engines failed due to fuel starvation.
132605/31/1954Cipo Mountain, BrazilTransportes Aereos NacionalesGovernador Valadares - Belo HorizonteDouglas DC-3PP-ANO1983019190The aircraft deviated from its normal course by 30 miles and struck a mountain. Navigational error. The minimum safety height for the route was not complied with.
132706/03/1954Near Maribor, SloveniaSabenaBlackbushe, UK - Beogard, SerbiaDouglas C-47AOO-CBY11982410The cargo plane ran off the end of the runway and crashed after being attacked by a fighter jet.
132806/04/1954Sao Paulo, BrazilVarigSao Paulo - Porto AlegreCurtiss C-46APP-VBZ30400330The cargo plane crashed on takeoff. Elevator lock was not removed prior to takeoff.
132906/08/1954Tourane, VietnamSoc. de Tr. Aériens d'Extrême OrientDouglas C-47-DLF-BCCL4464440
133006/19/1954Off Folkestone, EnglandSwissairGeneva - LondonConvair CV-240-4HB-IRW61930The plane ditched into the AtlantiOcean after running out of fuel. Three non-swimming passengers drowned due to lack of lifesaving equipment aboard. Negligence of the crew in not monitoring the fuel situation as the flight progressed.
133107/02/195412:00Near Salvador, BrazilMilitary - Brazilian Air ForceLockheed C-28C-28-290120200The aircraft crashed while attempting to land at Salvador. Engine failure at a critical stage in landing.
133207/23/195409:45Off Hainan Island, ChinaCathay PacifiAirwaysSingapore - Hong Kong - BangkokDouglas DC-4VR-HEU1031018100Ditched into the sea after being shot down by Chinese Lachovlin La-7 military fighter aircraft. The survivors were rescued by the U.S. Air Force.
133308/08/195415:40Near McGrath, AlaskaAlaska AirlinesMcGrath - Colorado CreekDouglas DC-2N9100813977/25422220Flew into a mountain, 35 miles northeast of McGrath.
133408/09/195400:08Terceira Island, Azores, PortugalAVIANCALajes, Azores - BermudaLockheed 749A-79 ConstellationHK-163266430300Crashed into mountains after poor weather diverted the flight from Santa Maria. Flew opposite to prescribed course after takeoff. Crew error. The failure of the pilot to carry out the normal climb out procedure following takeoff on a flight to Bermuda and his having made a turn to the left instead of to the right, thus flying into the mountains instead of turning out to sea.
133508/12/1954VietnamAutrexSaigan - HanoiDouglas DC-3F-BSGS330Crashed en route.
133608/16/1954Near Pakse, LaosAir Vietnam (South Vietnam)Red River delta - SaigonBristol 170 Freighter 21EF-VNAI1280955470Crashed into the Mekong River while making an emergency landing after encountering engine failure. The aircraft was being used to evacuate families.
133708/22/195417:03Near Mason City, IowaBraniff Airlines152Memphis - MinneapolisDouglas DC-3N61451463019120The aircraft crashed 16 miles south of Mason City, Iowa due to a loss of control after penetrating an area of thunderstorms during a go-around. The flight, while endeavouring to traverse a thunderstorm area, encountered very heavy rain, divergent winds, and strong downdrafts that forced the aircraft to the ground.
133808/23/195411:35Near Dutch Coast, North SeaKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesShannon - AmsterdamDouglas DC-6BPH-DFO43556/25721210Crashed into the North Sea in rain showers and heavy seas. Cause not determined.
133905/16/1958Chatenoy, FranceBritish European AirwaysDouglas C-47AG-AGHP9408330Broke up in midair while flying through a thunderstorm.
134008/27/195422:10Near Rapid City, South DekotaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceConvair RB-36H51-1372227260Crashed while making practice approaches to Ellsworth Air Force Base during its sixth attempt. The plane slammed into to ground with landing gear retracted and flaps set at 20 degrees.
134109/05/195402:30Foynes, IrelandKLM Royal Dutch Airlines633Shannon - New York CityLockheed 1049C-55-81 S ConstellationPH-LKY450956280Less than a minute after takeoff, the aircraft crashed into a mudbank of the Shannon River. Although the crash site was only about 2,500 metres from the airport, no one was aware of the disaster. Rescue operations were only started after the plane's navigator, after having crossed the river, managed to reach the airport. The aircraft was partially submerged, and at least one of the fuel tanks had ruptured during the crash. The fuel fumes rendered many passengers and crew unconscious, who then drowned in the rising tide. Failure of the captain to interpret his instrument indications properly during flap retraction after the gear was re-extended.
134209/12/195420:08Off Rio de Janeiro, BrazilCruzeiroDouglas DC-3PP-CDJ192783060The plane was attemping to return to the Rio de Janeiro after severe vibrations in the No. 1 engine made the crew feather the prop. While on final the aircraft came in too high and a go-around was attempted during which the plane crashed into the sea. Lack of reference to instruments after opening the throttle to go-around in restricted visibility. Power may have been inadvertently reduced on the good engine.
134309/15/1954Cairo, EgyptMisrairTestVickers 634 VikingSU-AFO212430Stalled and crashed during a test flight.
134410/24/195417:50Nar Limone Piemonte, ItalyMilitary - U.S. Air ForceDouglas C-47A-DL43-160442051021210Crashed in the Alps on the French/Italian border while en route. The instrument flight plan the pilot filed indicated a cruising height that was lower than the authorized minimum altitude required to clear the mountains.
134510/30/1954Off Ocean City, MarylandMilitary - U.S. Navy57Patuxent River NAS - Kenitra, MoroccoLockheed R7V-1128441410842420The aircraft disappeared approximately 300 miles east of Ocean City, Maryland and no trace of the wreckage or bodies was ever found.
134610/30/195423:00Off the coast of MarylandMilitary - U. S. NavyNew Jersey - Azores - Port Lyautey, MorocoLockheed R-7V112844142420Disappeared 350 miles off the Maryland coast.
134710/31/195415:10Mangalore, AustraliaTAATrainingVickers 720 ViscountVH-TVA44830Crashed during takeoff. An error of judgement on the part of the pilot-in-command in that he took the aircraft into the air at a speed below the minimum control speed, following loss of directional control during the ground run.
134811/16/1954Jirishanga,Cerro de Pasco, PeruTAM (Brazil)Pucallpa - LimaDouglas DC-3FAP-40324240Disappeared over the Andes while en route. Wreckage found 12/04/1954.
134911/30/195411:15Berlin, New HampshireNortheast Airlines792Laconia, NH - Berlin, NHDouglas DC-3N1789111745720The aircraft crashed during an ILS approach to Berlin. Premature and unauthorized instrument descent to an altitude that did not permit terrain clearance.
135012/04/1954Near Luang Pragang, LaosAir LaosLuang Prabang - Nam ThaDouglas DC-3F-BEIA1921128280Crashed en route on the company's first commercial flight.
135112/12/1954Bratislava, SlovakiaCeskoslovenské AerolinieDouglas C-47AOK-WDK12549440
135212/18/1954Near Bolivar, VenezuelaLinea Aeropostal VenezolanaDouglas C-47AYV-C-AMP19292220The cargo plane crashed into a mountain.
135312/18/195414:00New York, New YorkLinee Aeree Italiane451Rome - New York CityDouglas DC-6BI-LINE44418/48732260The plane crashed into approach lights of the runway during the fourth landing attempt at Idlewild Airport, sinking into Jamaica Bay. An erratiapproach which resulted in a descent to an altitude too low to avoid striking the pier. A contributing factor was pilot fatigue due to the particular and difficult circumstances including two and one-half hours in a holding pattern.
135412/22/195423:00Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaJohnson Flying Service4844-CNewark - TacomaDouglas DC-3N243202019728100Ditched into the Monongahela River after running out of fuel. Inadequate flight planning. Contributing factors were inadequate crew supervision and training.
135512/25/1954Prestwick, Ayrshire, ScotlandBritish Overseas AirwaysLondon - GlasgowBoeing B377-10-28 StratocruiserG-ALSA1594336280Crashed short of the runway, landing hard. Pilot error. Errors of judgement on the part of the captain in starting his final approach to land at too steep an angle and flaring out too late and too severely with the result that the aircraft sank and hit the ground short of the runway.
135612/29/1954Near Moscow, RussiaAeroflot45450
135712/31/1954Irkutsk, RussiaAeroflotPeking - Irkutsk - CyprusIlyushin 1417170Crashed during takeoff.
135801/11/195521:00Off Skellings, IrelandMilitary -Royal Air ForceAvro Shackleton M-2 / Avro Shakleton M-2WG531 / Wl74318180Disappeared while on a training mission. Possibility, the two planes collided in midair.
135901/12/195509:05Greater Cincinnati Airport, Covington, KentuckyTrans World Airlines / Castleton Inc.Cincinnati - ClevelandMartin 202A / DC-3N93211/N999B14081 / 425515150Midair collision at 700-900 feet. The DC-3 entered the airport's control space without clearance or communication with the tower. Thirteen killed on the Martin, two crew on the DC-3.
136001/19/195516:25Des Moines, IowaUnited Air Lines329Newark - Des Moines - LincolnConvair CV-340N731541803900Almost complete loss of elevator control and severe vibration was experienced shortly after taking off from Des Moines. The plane when into a steep climb and almost stalled but the captain applied full power and went into a steep dive. The captain then reduced power and headed for open country where the aircraft safely made an emergency wheels up landing in a corn field. A series of omissions made by maintenance personnel during a scheduled inspection which resulted in the release of the aircraft in an unairworthy condition and an almost complete loss of elevator control during flight.
136101/31/1955Lapadrera, ColombiaInteramericana de AviacionConsolidated PBY-5 CatalinaHK-1000E550Crashed into the Caqueta river while landing.
136202/02/195503:50Nagpur, IndiaIndian AirlinesNagpur - DelhiDouglas DC-3VT-CVB1303710100Crashed into a field shortly after takeoff. The aircraft crashed as a result of slipping into the ground in the course of a poorly executed steep turn to port, carried out at night at a low altitude.
136302/05/195510:04Near Calabar, NigeriaWest African AirwaysEnugu - CalabarBristol 170 Freighter 21EVR-NAD1277913130Crashed shortly after taking off after a wing failed. A design flaw in the wing led to fatigue cracks and wing failure.
136402/13/195518:53Rome, ItalySabenaBrussels - RomeDouglas DC-6OO-SDB43063/6029290Crashed into a mountain while on approach. Navigational error due to failure to use radio equipment.
136502/19/195507:31Albuquerque, New MexicoTrans World Airlines260Albuquerque - Sante FeMartin 404N404161412016160After taking off from Albuquerque, the aircraft flew a path directly towards Sandia Mountain and crashed into it. While initially blaming the pilots of intentionally flying the plane into the mountain, five years later, the CAB changed the probable cause to 'deviation from course for reasons unknown' and admitted there may have been a problem with the flux gauge compass.
136602/23/195509:20Salisbury, ZimbabweCentral African Airways626Salisbury - LusakaDouglas DC-3VP-YKO15109/265542610The pilot began taking off and retracted the landing gear when smoke was observed in the cockpit. He attempted to belly land the plane. The propellers separated and penetrated the fuselage killing the fight engineer. The presence of smoke in the flight crew compartment in sufficient quantity to make the captain apprehensive of fire and to cause him to land the aircraft immediately with the landing gear retracted. A fractured rubber hose on the port engine connecting the rocker box of one of the lower cylinders to the collector box caused smoke to enter the wheel well and into the crew compartment.
136703/06/1955Vitoria da Conquista, BrazilREALDouglas DC-3PP-YPZ116992150After an aborted landing attempt due to a unlocked landing gear, the plane made a left turn, hit a pole, crashed and burned. Pilot error. Improper use of the throttles by the crew following the go-around. Failure of the landing gear locking mechanism.
136803/08/1955Mascota, MexicoMexicanaPuerto Vallarta - GuadalajaraDouglas DC-3XA-DIK399226260Crashed in a hilly region between Talpa and Mascota.
136903/09/1955Trujillo, ColombiaAVIANCACondoto - CaliDouglas C-47AHK-32820224880The cargo plane crashed with a gold and platinum shipment aboard. Wreckage found one month later.
137003/20/195522:36Springfield, MississippiAmerican Airlines711Newark - Chicago - St. Louis - Springfield - TulsaConvair CV-240-0N9423406635130The plane crashed 1.25 miles short of the runway while attempting to land. Crew's inattention to flight instruments during approach. Pilot sensory illusion which gave a false impression of the aircraft's altitude.
137103/22/195502:00Oahu, HawaiiMilitary - U.S. NavyDouglas R6D-1 (C-118B)1316124371566660The aircraft returned to Hickam Airfield because of inoperative high-frequency radio transmitters. As the plane was descending to land, it crashed into Pali Kea peak, 15 miles northwest of Honolulu. Navigational error by the crew brought the plane 8 miles north of its intended position.
137203/26/195511:12Off the Oregon coastPan American World Airways845/26Portland - HonoluluBoeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-26N1032V159322340The plane ditched 35 miles off the Oregon coast after the No. 3 engine and propeller broke away causing severe control difficulties. The plane sank after 20 minutes. Loss of control and inability to maintain altitude following failure of the No. 3 propeller which resulted in wrenching free the No. 3 power package. The aircraft was named 'Clipper United States.'
137304/02/1955Off Pensacola, FloridaAaxico AirlinesMobile, AL - Macon, GACurtiss C-46AN5142430430220The cargo plane flew into a thunderstorm and crashed into the sea while en route.
137404/04/195515:55Islip, New YorkUnited Air LinesTrainingDouglas DC-6N3751243001/32330Suddenly dove into the ground. Unintentional movement of no.4 throttle into the reverse range just before breaking ground, with the other three engines operating at high power output, which resulted in the aircraft very quickly becoming uncontrollable once airborne.
137504/11/195517:30Off Great Natuna Island, SarawakAir IndiaHong Kong - JakartaLockheed 749A ConstellationVT-DEP266619190An explosion occurred at 18,000 feet while over the China Sea. A resulting fire which started on the starboard wing soon spread and eventually led to total hydrauliand electrical failure. Smoke filled the cockpit and the plane crashed. An act of political terrorism. An aircraft worker placed an incendiary device in the starboard wheel well.
137604/18/1955Kupe Mountains, CameroonsUnion des Transportes AeriensYaounde - Doualade Havilland DH-114 Heron 1BF-BGOI1401014120Hit Mt. Kilmanjaro while en route. Wreckage found after 10 months.
137705/18/195511:56Mt. Kilimanjaro, KenyaEast African AirwaysDar-es-Salaam - NairobiDouglas DC-3VP-KKH16820/3356820200Crashed after reporting being over Jipe Lake on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Failure to follow prescribed route and procedures.
137805/21/1955Off Barcelona, VenezuelaLinea Aeropostal VenezolanaDouglas C-47-DLYV-C-ALU47911340Ditched into the sea.
137905/26/195514:30Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaAssociated AirwaysAvro 685 York C-1CF-HMY220The attempt of the pilot to takeoff under the prevailing unfavorable conditions. As a result, the aircraft hit an obstacle in line with and off the end of the runway.
138006/03/1955Fort Lamy, CameroonUnion Aéromaritime de TransportDouala - Fort LamyDouglas C-54AF-BFVT10292330The cargo plane crashed while attempting to land.
138106/16/195501:15Near Asuncion, ParaguayPanair do BrasilSao Paulo - AsuncionLockheed 049-46-21 ConstellationPP-PDJ203224160Crashed on final approach. Pilot fatigue. The pilot did not follow the recommended procedure for instrument final approach and he descended below the height prescribed in the final approach chart.
138206/18/1955Leon, MexicoTigres VoladoresCurtiss C-46XA-LID18180Lost an engine on takeoff and crashed into trees and caught fire.
138307/14/1955Oaxaca, MexicoLineas Areas UnidasAcapulco - OaxacaDouglas DC-2-243XA-DOB208822220Crashed in a mountainous area in the Zimathan district while en route.
138407/17/195506:24Chicago, IllinoisBraniff Airlines560Kansas City, MO - ChicagoConvair CV-340-32N342207143220While on instrument approach, the aircraft hit a sign and crashed through the airport boundry fence. Momentary disorientation caused by the loss of visual reference during the final visual phase of the approach resulting in an increased rate of descent at an altitude too low to effect recovery.
138507/27/195507:40Near Petrich, BulgariaEl Al402/46Wien - Tel AvivLockheed 049 Constellation4X-AKC196858580On a flight from London, England to Tel Aviv, the aircraft drifted over Bulgarian airspace and was shot down by Bulgarian jet fighters. A navigational error that probably originated with an incorrect radio compass indication due to the effects of thunderstorm activity in the area.
138608/04/195512:23Fort Leonard Wood, MissouriAmerican AirlinesSpringfield, IL - St. Louis, MOConvair CV-240-0N9422104030300The aircraft attempted an emergency landing at a military airstrip after fire broke out in the No. 2 engine. The right wing separated from the aircraft and crashed 1.5 miles from the runway. Installation of an unairworthy cylinder in the No. 2 engine which resulted in an uncontrollable fire and loss of the right wing.
138708/06/1955Near Voronezh, RussiaAeroflotStarllingrad - Moscow.25250Crashed en route.
138808/11/195514:20Near Edelweiler, West GermanyMilitary - U.S. Air Force / Military - U.S. Air ForceFairchild C119G / Fairchild C119G53-3222/53-784166660Participating in a U.S. military exercise, the two planes collided in midair while in formation after one of the planes pulled out of formation because of engine trouble. The accident occurred at an altitude of 4,000 feet. Forty-six aboard 7841 and 20 aboard 3222 were killed.
138908/26/1955Caparao Mountain, BrazilCruzeiroRio de Janeiro - CaravelasDouglas DC-3PP-CBY1169213130Hit Caparao Mountain while en route, 1 hour after taking off. Failure to follow flight plan.
139008/30/1955Simra, NepalKalinga AirlinesDouglas C-47AVT-AZX13285320The cargo plane lifted off too early, stalled and crashed. The pilot tried to avoid a person on the runway.
139109/02/1955Meikitila, MyanmarUnion of Burma AirwaysMeiktila - LanywaDouglas DC-3XY-ACQ12579990Flew into Mount Popa.
139209/08/1955Burbank, CaliforniaCurrey Air Transport24Burbank - OaklandDouglas DC-3N7466362573330The plane returned after failure of the No. 2 engine, stalled and crashed 200 yards short of the runway into parked aircraft and a hanger. The captain's commitment to a landing without radio or visual confirmation of his runway alignment following engine failure immediately after takeoff.
139309/10/1955Sombolabo, French Equitorial AfricaSociete France HydroLaLérè - DoualaLatecoere 631F-BDRE816160Crashed into the Cameroon mountains after the wing separated due to severe turbulence.
139409/17/1955Near Thorhild, CanadaPacifiWestern AirlinesEdmonton, AB - Yellowknife, NTBristol 170 Freighter 31CF-GBT12831620For reasons undetermined, the right engine failed and as a result of being overloaded, the aircraft did not maintain altitude on one engine and struck the ground with the right wingtip. A possible contributing factor was the failure of the co-pilot's vacuum-driven gyro instruments, without his knowledge.
139509/21/195522:23Idris, LibyaBritish Overseas AirwaysRome - TripoliCanadair C-4G-ALHL15847150Crash landed in a sandstorm on the fourth landing attempt. The plane came in too low, struck a line of trees and crashed 1,200 yards short of the runway. Pilot error. In an error in judgement, the captain who allowed his desire to keep the runway lights in view failed to make adequate reference to his flight instruments.
139609/24/195506:41PacifiOceanFlying Tiger LineWake Island - HonoluluDouglas C-54AN9043310410530The cargo plane lost 3 engines and ditched into the PacifiOcean. The loss of power in three engines due to incorrect fuel system management and faulty restarting methods which resulted in the ditching of the aircraft.
139710/02/1955Pico Oiriruma-Vinac, PeruFaucettLima - CuzcoDouglas C54AOB-PAZ-2281027735190Crashed in adjacent mountains while attempting an emergency landing following an engine fire.
139810/06/195507:26Near Centennial, WyomingUnited Air Lines409Denver - Salt Lake City - San FranciscoDouglas DC-4N300621838966660The aircraft crashed into cloud covered Medicine Bow Peak while en route. The plane failed to clear the 12,013 ft. peak by 75 feet. The pilot deviated from course for reasons unknown. Possible incapacitation of crew by carbon monoxide emanating from a faulty cabin heater, though never proven.
139910/10/195516:40Near Wien, AustriaJAT Yugoslav AirlinesBeograd - WienConvair CV-340-58YU-ADC1782970Crashed into Kahlenberg Hill while on approach to Wien. The aircraft flew for a longer time on the outbound track and descended below the prescribed minimum altitutde. Pilot error.
140011/01/195519:03Longmont, ColoradoUnited Air Lines629Denver - PortlandDouglas DC-6BN375594353844440The aircraft crashed 11 minutes after taking off from Denver Stapleton Airport, 8 miles east of Longmont. Detonation of a dynamite bomb in the No. 4 cargo hold, placed by John (Jack) Gilbert Graham in his mother's luggage in order to collect $37,500 in insurance. A delayed flight caused the bomb to detonate over flat land rather than the mountains as planned. Graham never showed any remorse for his actions and refused to file any appeals. He was executed for the crime on 1/11/56.
140111/17/195523:59Seattle, WashingonPeninsular17KSeattle - NewarkDouglas C-54N88852312374280Crashed on takeoff. In-flight prop failure. Maintenance error. The excessively high drag resulting from the improperly indexed propeller blades and inability to feather.
140211/17/1955Near Las Vegas, NevadaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceDouglas MC-54M44-90682729414140Crashed into the peak of Mount Charleston 30 miles WNW of Las Vegas.
140311/20/195517:00Iwo Jima, JapanMilitary - US Air ForceDouglas C124-DL Globemaster II51-01494348311100The military transport crashed seconds after taking off from Central Airport in Iwo Jima.
140411/30/195522:00Near Ballico, CaliforniaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceBoeing RB-52B52-871610100The aircraft crashed into a wooded area in 5 degree nose-down attitude. Abnormal nose-down trim condition which could not be corrected due to an unknown malfunction.
140512/01/195502:00Belem, BrazilCruzeiroDouglas DC-3PP-CCC15845/32593660Shortly after taking off, the No.1 engine lost power. The crew shut off the hydraulipump which caused the landing gear to stop retracting halfway. The resulting drag, caused the aircraft to lose altitude. The left wing struck a tree and the plane crashed and burned. Failure of the front bearing of the propeller shaft leading to disconnection of the reduction gear and left propeller and causing a sudden failure of the left engine.
140612/17/195520:17Hollywood, South CarolinaRiddle AirlinesCurtiss C-46AN9904F30262220Cargo plane. An in-flight structural failure resulting from a violent pitch-down induced by the erratiaction of nonconforming elevator tab controls.
140712/19/1955Sao Paulo, BrazilCruzeiro Do SudSao Paulo - BelemDouglas DC-326260Crashed on takeoff.
140812/21/195503:43Jacksonville, FloridaEastern Air Lines642Miami - JacksonvilleLockheed 749C-79-12 ConstellationN112A253317170The plane crashed while on approach and during an attempted go-around. The crew allowed the aircraft to deviate to the left of course and descent below the glide path for reasons unknown. The crew encountered local fog and restricted visibility during the final approach of an ILS approach and missed approach procedure came too late to prevent the aircraft from descending into the ground.
140901/12/1956Frederick Henry Bay, AustraliaAnsett ANADouglas C-47VH-BZA4651210Flew into the water upon approach. The pilot relied on inadequate external visual reference for determining the altitude and paid insufficient attention to the instruments. The irregular approach procedure carried out by the pilot in command deprived him of the opportunity to monitor the safe approach to the aerodrome through the correlation of time, height and position.
141001/17/195600:52Oreway, CanadaQuebecairKnob Lake - OrewayDouglas DC-3CF-GVZ15552/269971840Loss of the No. 2 engine necessitated a forced crash landing near a railway station. Failure to maintain height at night due to the loss of the starboard engine in icing conditions. The aircraft was also overloaded.
141101/18/1956Torysa, CzechoslovakiaCeskoslovenske AerolinieBratislava - KosiceDouglas DC-3OK-WDZ938526220Crashed in the Tatra mountains while en route.
141201/28/1956Lyon, FranceAir FranceDouglas C-47F-BCYK4509330The cargo plane was on approach when it crashed.
141302/13/1956Frobisher Bay, CanadaMaritime Central AirwaysBristol 170 Freighter 31CF-FZU220Loss of control due to improperly secured heavy cargo breaking loose and sliding to the rear of the aircraft during takeoff.
141402/14/1956Near Fort Chimo, Quebec, CanadaSpartan Air ServicesDouglas C-47-DLCF-BZH6079320Crashed on a ferrying flight. Soldier of fortune Harold (Whitey) Dahl killed.
141502/17/195613:45Near Niles, CaliforniaMilitary - U.S. Marine CorpsEl Toro MAS - Alameda NASDouglas R5D23911640400Crashed into Sunol Ridge after circling for half-an-hour while attempting to land at Alameda Naval Air Station. Non adherence of the crew to the holding pattern and departure from the radio beacon and descent in a unprescribed manner.
141602/18/195613:23Near Zurrieg, MaltaScottish AirlinesMalta - LondonAvro 685 York C-1G-ANSY50500The aircraft took off from Luqua Airport in Malta bound for England when smoke was seen coming from the left engine. Shortly thereafter it banked to the left and plunged almost vertically into cliffs. Engine failure due to cracks in the boost enrichment capsule and the failure of the captain to stop the leftward swing of the aircraft using the rudder. Failure to correct the nose high attitude and failure to feather the No. 1 engine.
141702/20/195602:40Near Cairo, EgyptTransport Aerien Intercontinentaux (France)Saigon - ParisDouglas DC-6BF-BGOD43835/38064520The flight crashed while on approach 18 miles SE of Cairo. Pilot's inexperience in ILS approaches. Improper approach. Crew error. Crew fatigue.
141802/24/1956Near Aleppo, SyriaSyrian AirwaysDouglas DC-3YK-AAE14918/263619190Crashed shortly after taking off 15 miles from Damascus. Double engine failure during a thunderstorm.
141902/25/195614:55Jalkot, PakistanPakistan International AirlinesGilgit - IslamabadDouglas C-47BAP-ACZ16813/33561330Struck Lash Golath Moutain while en route.
142003/21/1956Tezpur, IndiaIndian AirlinesDouglas DC-3VT-CGN129892120An improper flare on landing caused the aircraft to bounce causing the right wing to strike the runway after which the plane veered off the runway.
142103/28/1956Largs, EnglandStarwaysLiverpool - GlasgowDouglas C-47BG-AMRB16670/33418310During an instrument approach at night the pilot of the cargo plane permitted the aircraft to descend below the approved safety height and this resulted in the aircraft striking the ground.
142203/31/1956Indapur, IndiaNational Air OperatorsAsansol - BagdograDouglas C-47AVT-DCM10230330The cargo plane crashed en route. A downdraft which forced down the fully loaded aircraft to the ground when it was flying under exceptionally severe weather conditions below 1000 ft. and possibly at a few hundred feet above the terrain.
142303/31/1956Korat ,ThailandMilitary - Royal Thai Air ForceDouglas C-47A18180
142404/01/195619:20Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaTrans World Airlines400Pittsburgh - NewarkMartin 404N404031410336220The aircraft yawed to the left and crashed shortly after takeoff after a fire warning occurred on the No.1 engine. The cause of the fire warning was a failed exhaust connector clamp in the left engine, which triggered an adjacent fire detecting unit. A windmilling left propeller, the extended landing gear, and the takeoff flaps produced sufficient drag to make the airplane lose altitude and strike the ground. An uncoordinated emergency action in a very short time available to the crew, which produced an aircraft configuration with insurmountable drag.
142504/02/195608:10Seattle, WashingtonNorthwest Orient Airlines2Seattle - PortlandBoeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-30N74608159543850The aircraft experienced extreme buffeting after taking off from Seattle. A decision was made to divert to McChord AFB but the plane continued to loose altitude and had to be ditched in Puget Sound 4.7 nautical miles southwest of Seattle. The plane sank within 15 minutes. The incorrect analysis of control difficulty which occurred on retraction of the wing flaps as a result of the flight engineer's failure to close the engine cowl flaps; the analysis having been made under conditions of urgency and within an extremely short period of time available for decision.
142604/09/195609:51Skilak Lake, AlaskaCordova Airlines6Anchorage - SewardAero Commander 520B5386N520-7660Crashed en route from Anchorage to Seward. The pilot's action in continuing flight during instrument weather conditions on a planned VFR flight through a mountain pass and striking a mountainside while attempting to climb out.
142704/18/1956Parintins, BrazilPanair do BrasilBelem - ParintinsConsolidated PBY-5A CatalinaPP-PDB1230The plane struck an object in the water while landing and broke up.
142804/30/195609:30London, EnglandScottish AirlinesLondon - MaltaAvro 685 York C-1G-AMUL5420The aircraft made a sudden turn to the right while talking off from Stansted. Overcorrection by the pilot in command which caused the aircraft to veer to the right.
142905/15/1956Kathmandu, NepalIndian AirlinesDouglas DC-3VT-DBA1316533141The aircraft touched down at an excessive speed, bounced and stalled. Go-around power was applied, but the remaining runway length was insufficient and the plane overran the end of the runway and went down a steep slope and crashed.
143005/15/195622:17Orleans, Ontario, CanadaMilitary - Royal Canadian Air ForceCF-100 Mark V2213The CF-100 was from the Canadian Air Defense Command which was scrambled to investigate an unidentified transport plane flying in the area. Something malfunctioned on the fighter and the jet crashed into a convent operated by the Grey Nuns of the Cross, at over 680 miles an hour, destroying the three story, 70 room convent.
143105/24/1956Guatemala City, GuatemalaAviatecaKano - TripoliDouglas DC-3TG-AHA605231300Crashed into a mountain shortly after taking off. Loss of height and airspeed caused by the aircraft encountering a thunderstorm cell which gave rise to a sudden reversal of wind direction, heavy rain, and possible downdraught conditions.
143206/20/195601:30Asbury Park, New JerseyLinea Aeropostal VenezolanaNew York City - CaracasLockheed 1049E-55 Super ConstellationYV-C-AMS456174740About 1.5 hours after taking off from New York, the pilot radioed the No. 2 propeller was overspeeding and could not be feathered. Upon trying to return to New York the plane caught fire and crashed into the AtlantiOcean. Vibration resulting from the uncontrollable propeller caused one of the inside wing attachments to loosen or break somewhere between the fuel tank and the dump chute causing an uncontrollable fire.
143306/24/195617:25Kano, NigeriaBritish Overseas AirwaysKano - TripoliCanadair C-4 ArgonautG-ALHE15145320Crashed shortly after taking off from Kano Airport. Flew into a thunderstorm. Microburst windshear.
143406/30/195610:32Grand Canyon, ArizonaUnited Air Lines / Trans World Airlines718 / 2Los Angeles - Chicago / Los Angeles - Kansas CityDouglas DC-7 / Lockheed S ConstellationN6902C/N6324C44288 / 40161281280The TWA aircraft flying from Los Angeles to Kansas City and the United Aircraft flying from Los Angeles to Chicago collided over the Grand Canyon. Both planes were traveling about 320 mph. Both aircraft were flying in uncontrolled airspace. All fifty-eight on the DC-7 and seventy on the Constellation killed. The pilots did not see each other in time to avoid the collision. It is not possible to determine why the pilots did not see each other, but the evidence suggests that it resulted from any one or a combination of the following factors: 1) Intervening clouds reducing time for visual separation 2) Visual limitations due to cockpit visibility 3) Preoccupation with normal cockpit duties.
143507/09/195613:53Near Flat Rock, MichiganTrans Canada Air Lines304Chicago - MontrealVickers ViscountCF-TGR553510While on a flight from Chicago to Montreal, cruising at FL190, the crew was unable to feather an overspeeding No. 4 engine. Soon after the No. 4 propeller broke and one blade disabled the No. 3 engine and penetrated the fuselage killing a passenger. An emergency landing was successfully made at Windsor, Ontario.
143607/13/195615:35Near Brows Mills, New JerseyMilitary - U.S. Air ForceMcGuire AFB - Harmon AFBDouglas C-118A53-3301A66460Crashed into a wooded area 2 minutes after taking off from McGuire Air Force Base. There was thunderstorm activity at the time. Microburst windshear.
143707/16/195607:15Rio Cuarto, ArgentinaAerolineas ArgentinasBuenos Aires - Rio CuartoDouglas DC-3LV-ACD1332818180Crashed while making an approach to Rio Cuarto. The decision of the pilot to descend en route, without justifiable reason, below the minimum altitude prescribed for a night flight and in weather conditions which made it his duty to follow IFR procedure.
143808/08/1956Thazi, BurmaUnion of Burma AirwaysRangoon - MandalayDouglas DC-3XY-ADC14348/257920120Crashed while en route.
143908/29/195620:45Cold Bay, AlaskaCanadian PacifiAir Lines307Vancouver - Hong KongDouglas DC-6BCF-CUP43843/32422150The aircraft crashed after a missed approach. The crew executing full retraction of flaps without increasing power or changing attitude resulting in loss of lift after the missed approach.
144009/09/1956Amman, JordanJordan International AirlinesCurtiss C-46A-45-CUJY-ABV270695710The aircraft had to return to Amman for an emergency landing. The landing took place with the gear retracted. The plane bounced, went up a hill and down the other side and burst into flames.
144109/09/1956Bartlesville, OklahomaContinental AirlinesDouglas DC-3 / Cessna 170BN33315 / N8143A4978 / 209951800Midair collision. Both planes landed safely. Failure of both aircraft to observe and avoid the other aircraft.
144210/02/195618:25Near Nome, AlaskaAlaska Airlines701Unalakleet and NomeStinson AT-19N 79069FK-975550Crashed while en route. The action of the pilot in flying into conditions of darkness and adverse weather in which he could not maintain adequate control of the aircraft.
144310/10/195622:10Off Land's End, EnglandMilitary - U.S. NavyRAF Lakenheath - McGuire AFBDouglas C188-B13115884369159590The plane disappeared over the Atlantiwhile on a flight from Royal Air Force Base in England to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. Cause unknown.
144410/16/195606:15Over the PacifiOceanPan American World Airways943Honolulu - San FranciscoBoeing 377 StratocruiserN90943159593100The aircraft ditched into the PacifiOcean while on a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu after losing the No. 1 and then the No. 4 engine. The aircraft circled around the U.S. Coast Guard cutter 'Pontchartrain', at Ocean Station November until daybreak after which it made a successful ditching with no casualties. Probable Cause: An initial mechanical failure which precluded feathering the No.1 propeller and a subsequent mechanical failure which resulted in a complete loss of power from the No.4 engine, the effects of which necessitated a ditching. The aircraft was named 'Clipper Sovereign of the Sky.'
144510/19/1956Agartala, IndiaIndian AirlinesDouglas DC-3VT-DGK330The cargo plane crashed after an attempted go-around.
144610/28/195622:00Over the Mediterranean SeaMilitary - Egyptian Air ForceCairo - DismascusCurtiss C-46SU-AAB23230Disappeared while en route.
144711/05/195623:52Blackbushe, EnglandBritaviaTripoli - BlackbusheHandley Page HP-1 HermesG-ALDJHP-81/118050While attempting to land the aircraft descended below the ILS glideslope and hit a tree. Using the lights of the airport the captain misjudged the height he was flying.
144811/07/195609:50Hommelfjell, NorwayBraathensTrondheim - Oslode Havilland DH-114 Heron 2BLN-SUR140931220The aircraft took off, experienced icing, lost altitude and crashed into Hommelfjell Mountain. Unusually heavy icing which the aircraft encountered. Severe downdraft immediately prior to the crash may have been a contributing factor.
144911/15/195614:53Puerto Somoza, NicaraguaAerovias GuestTocumen - Guatemala CityDouglas C-54A-10-DCXA-HEG1032425250An unsuccessful belly landing was attempted on flat terrain following a fire in the fuel system.
145010/18/1957Porto Alegre, BrazilVarigDouglas C-47APP-VCS19757220Incorrect use of flying controls during takeoff roll. Possible failure of left engine. Turbulent conditions close to ground.
145111/17/195617:00El Rucio Mountain, ColombiaEmpresa Aviacion del PacificoBuenaventura - CaliDouglas DC-3HK-385197136360Hit El Rucio Mountain at 6,200 ft. which was obscured by clouds. Lack of cockpit discipline. Flight on instruments at an excessively low altitude for the route.
145211/24/1956Near Eglisau, SwitzerlandCeskoslovenske AerolinieEglisau - PragueIlyushin IL-12BOK-DBP9301351723230Crashed into a field shortly after taking off.
145311/24/195623:17Paris, FranceLinee Aeree ItalianeRome - Paris - Shannon - New York CityDouglas DC-6BI-LEAD4507535348Lost altitude on takeoff and crashed into a house. Failed to climb for reasons unknown. The aircraft's slight loss of altitude soon after take off was the main cause of the accident. There is no explanation for this loss of altitude. Orchestra and opera conductor Guido Cantelli, 36, among those killed.
145411/27/195607:50Caracas, VenezuelaLinea Aeropostal Venezolana253New York City - MaiquetiaLockheed 749-79-34 ConstellationYV-C-AMA256025250Struck Silla de Caracas Mountain at 6,700 feet while approaching to land at Maiquetia. Navigation error. The pilot did not follow prescribed approach procedures. St. Louis Cardinal outfielder, Charlie Peete, 27, killed.
145512/08/195606:47Caqueta, ColombiaAIDABogota - Medellin - QuibdoConsolidated PBY-5A CatalinaHK-13316140The starboard engine failed shortly after takoff and the plane crash into Quetame Hill, 25km northwest of Santa Cecilia Airport. Complete failure of the starboard engine due to the breakdown of the lubricating system. Recklessness of the pilot in taking off from a closed airport while aware of the poor weather conditions. The aircraft was also overloaded.
145612/09/195619:15Near Chilliwack, British Columbia, CanadaTrans Canada Air Lines810-9Vancouver - TorontoCanadair DC-4M-2 NorthstarCF-TFD12862620The aircraft departed Vancouver en route to Calgary. Some 50 minutes later the pilot reported a fire in the No. 2 engine and was turning back. While flying under the power of 3 engines, the aircraft encountered severe icing, turbulence or other difficulty which led to the loss of control by the crew. It could not be determined why the aircraft was 12 miles south of the assigned airway. The plane crashed high into Mount Slesse. The bodies and wreckage were not found until 05/10/1957 and the wreckage still remains at the site which is now a memorial.
145712/12/195609:00Dannemois, FranceAir FranceTrainingVickers 708 ViscountF-BGNK8550Crashed in a steep angle of attack.
145812/22/195621:30Grub, GermanyJAT Yugoslav AirlinesWien - MunchenConvair CV-340-58YU-ADA1623030The co-pilot acting as pilot-in-command and under the instruction of the captain began a descent to land until the aircraft hit the ground, left wing first. Both wings detached and the fuselage slid 1,200 feet.
145912/22/195617:20Mt. Giner, ItalyLinee Aeree ItalianeRome - MilanDouglas DC-3I-LINC910121210The aircraft strayed off the assigned airway and hit a mountain. The pilot did not follow the airways assigned in the flight plan. He did not check his direction and position along the new route.
146012/30/195615:00Dhahran, Saudi ArabiaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceLockheed C-121C Super Constellation54-016554-016537110Crashed and burned while attempting to land.
146101/06/195700:01Owasso, OklahomaAmerican Airlines327Joplin - OwassoConvair CV-240-0N942471041010Struck trees, hit the ground, and slid 500 ft. after landing short of the runway in rapidly deteriorating condtions. The captain's lack of alertness in allowing the first officer to continue an instrument descent to an altitude too low to permit terrain clearance.
146201/11/195709:00Near Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFuerza Aérea ArgentinaBuenos Aires - Mar Del Plata - MendozaVickers 615 Viking 1BT-1118833171The domestiflight crashed and burned immediately after takeoff from Buenos Aires after overrunning the runway. Too short a runway and excessive cross-winds for the type of aircraft.
146301/23/1957c16:50Ometepe Island, NicaraguaLanicaSan Carlos - ManaguaDouglas DC-3AN-AEC1231216160The aircraft hit Concepcion volcano while en route. The aircraft made a left turn towards the volcano, banked sharply in descent, enered a rapid climb and then crashed. Unexplained loss of control.
146401/29/195719:24Paris, FranceAir FranceTunis - ParisSNCASE SE.2010 ArmagnacF-BAVG067020A first ILS attempt to land at Orly Airport failed. The crew decided to try a second time with GCA guidance. Full power was applied when the crew was not able to see the runway. The aircraft continued to descend impacting the ground in a right bank. The right wing separated and the main fuselage broke-up into four parts. Stalling, as a result of delayed application of power in a final approach configuration and inadequate control of heading, airspeed and altitude after the visual was lost.
146501/31/195711:18Near Sunland, CaliforniaDouglas AircraftSanta Monica - Santa MonicaDouglas DC-7B / U.S. Air Force F-89JN8210H/52-187OA45192 / 4447653Midair collision between a DC-7 and F-89J Air Force fighter. The DC-7 crashed into a playground of a school killing 3 junior high school children 3 miles northwest of Sunland. The F-89 crashed into the mountains. Four crew members on the DC-7 were killed. One crew member aboard the F-89 was killed and the other ejected to safety. The high rate of near head-on closure at high altitude, which together with physiological limitations, resulted in a minimum avoidance opportunity during which the pilots didn't see each other's aircraft. It was the first test flight of the DC-7B. One of the 3 students killed in the accident was the best friend of singer Richie Valens, who died in an airplane crash two years later. Archie Twitchell, test pilot and actor, 50, killed. The high rate of near head-on closure at high altitude in a minimum aviodance opportunity during which both pilots did not see the other aircraft.
146602/01/195718:02New York, New YorkNortheast Airlines823New York City - MiamiDouglas DC-6AN3495444678/543101210Shortly after lifting off from La Guardia Airport in a snowstorm, the plane rolled sharply to the left and crashed on Rikers Island. The failure of the captain to properly observe and interpret his flight instruments and maintain control of his aircraft. Several inmates from the Rikers Island Prison made some heroirescues and were later pardoned.
146702/22/195720:00Kimpo Air Base, South KoreaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceKimpo AB - Tokyo, JapanDouglas C-124C51-141A43475159220The No. 3 engine seized, causing the propellor to come loose and slice through the side of the fuselage makng two full turns before exiting. It took two men out with it , idled the No. 4 engine and cut the throttle cable. While attempting an emergency return landing at Kimpo Air Base, level flight could not be maintained and the aircraft descended, crashing into the Han River.
146803/02/195717:19Blyn, WashingtonAlaska Airlines100Fairbanks - SeattleDouglas C-54BN9044927239550Crashed into a densly wooded mountain, 3 miles east of Blyn, while en route to Seattle. Navigation error and poor judgement by the pilot in entering an overcast mountainous area at too low an altitude.
146903/05/195711:00Drayton, EnglandMilitary -Royal Air ForceBlackburn Beverley C Mark 1XH11722182The aircraft crashed into trees and farm buildings about a half-an-hour after taking off from Abingdon airfield. Fuel starvation due to an valve being installed backwards.
147003/09/195710:00El Soldado, ColombiaAVIANCACondoto - CaliDouglas DC-3HK-155433815150Pilot did not follow prescribed route nor follow prescribed IFR procedures.
147103/14/195713:46Manchester, EnglandBritish European AirwaysAmsterdam - ManchesterVickers Viscount 701G-ALWE00420202The plane suddenly veered and banked to the right while making an approach to land. The plane crashed into houses. Fracture of a 9/16' bolt on the starboard flap due to fatigue led to loss of control of the aircraft.
147203/17/195701:30Near Cebu, PhilippinesMilitary - Philippine Air ForceCebu - ManilaDouglas C-47 SkytrainPI-C-25240The plane had just taken off from Cebu bound for Manila when it crashed 20 miles NW of the city. President Ramon Magsaysay, 50, of the Philippines died along with twenty-three others when the plane struck Mt. Manunggal. Magsaysay was on a campaigning trip for reelection. Metal fatigue.
147303/18/1957Near Sayari, BoliviaLloyd Aereo BolivianoCochabamba - OruroDouglas DC-3CP-535486719190Crashed into Andies peak while en route. Wreckage found 100 miles northeast of Cochabamba.
147403/22/195701:00Over the North PacifiOceanMilitary - U.S. Air ForceTravis AFB - TokyoBoeing C-97C50-702A1624667670Disappeared 200 miles southeast of Tokyo, Japan while on a flight from Travis Air Force Base to Tokyo. Cause unknown.
147504/07/1957Bage, BrazilVarigCurtiss C-46A-45-CUPP-VCF3028340400Shortly after takeoff, a fire developed in the left main landing gear well. The pilot thought the fire had started in the engine, feathered the No.1 engine and returned for an emergency landing. When he couldn't get the gear down, he performed a go-around after which the left wing separated from the plane. The plane crashed and burned. Fracture of the fuel line in the landing gear housing due to wear against the ribs.
147604/08/1957Algiers, AlgeriaAir FranceDouglas DC-3F-BEIK14411/2585634340Crashed just after takeoff, one mile from the airfield. Engine failure.
147704/10/195715:20Anchieta Island, BrazilREAL1800Rio de Janerio - Sao PauloDouglas DC-3PP-ANX1304830260While en route, fire broke out in the starboard engine. As he lost altitude and because of reduced visibility, the pilot did not see the peak of a mountain. When he tried to pull up the plane stalled and crashed. Engine failure.
147804/15/195707:53Merida, MexicoTransportes Aéreos MexicanosConsolidated B-24JXA-KUN331The accident was due to a maneuvering error which consisted in making two turns onto the Mexico City heading without conforming the distance and procedure specifications and below the prescribed altitudes and speeds. This error was aggravated by a probable shifting of the load due to improper securing.
147904/17/195708:30Near El Quweira, JordanMilitary -Royal Air ForceVickers Valetta C-Mk.1VW83224240Crashed and burned 5 minutes after taking off from Aqaba. The aircraft lost it's left wing after encountering clear air turbulence.
148004/20/1957Jirkouk, IraqAir FranceTehran, Iran - Istanbul, TurkeyLockheed Super ConstellationF-BGNE451410Explosive decompression. A passenger was sucked out of a window at 18,000 feet when the window he was sitting next to shattered. The body was never recovered.
148105/01/195721:20Blackbushe, Hants, EnglandEagle AviationBlackbushe - TripoliVickers Viking 1BG-AJBO24135340Crashed while attemting an emergency return to the airport shortly after taking off. Engine failure. The failure of the captain to maintain height and a safe flying speed when approaching to land on one engine after the failure of the left engine for reasons unknown.
148205/05/1957Santoshpur, IndiaIndian AirlinesDouglas C-47AVT-AUV20318310The accident is attributed to the insufficient altitude at which the aircraft was flown during an attempt to fly through a thunderstorm. Downdrafts and divergent winds encountered, forced the aircraft to the ground.
148305/09/195719:04Barajas, Madrid, SpainAviaco111Santiago de Compostella - MadridBristol 170 FreighterEC-ADI1275737370Crashed while attemping to land. Procedural errors by the pilot.
148405/13/1957Near San Carlos de Bariloche, ArgentinaLineas Aereas del EstadoVickers 615 Viking 1BT-315116160The pilot lost in rain and fog searched for a landing area until the plane ran out of fuel and crashed into a 4,500 foot mountain.
148505/13/195703:35Narsarressuak, GreenlandU.S. Overseas AirwaysDouglas DC-4N687367449320Crashed into an ice cap. White-out conditions. Incorrect indication on navigation charts.
148605/13/1957New Delhi, IndiaIndian AirlinesDouglas DC-3VT-CFB13626223During a training exercise the aircraft approached a stall entered a spin, partially recovered but crashed.
148706/14/195723:10Near Moscow, RussiaLOT Polish Airlines232Warsaw - MoscowIlyushin P-14SP-LNF63414071390The aircraft descended below safe altitude and struck the ground in rain and poor visibility. The crew's application of an approach procedure other than that prescribed by the airport authority.
148806/18/1957Bodensee, SwitzerlandSwissairTrainingDouglas C-47BHB-IRK20737990The stalling of the aircraft following a loss of airspeed, whereupon it unintentionally went into a spin. In view of insufficient altitude, it was not possible to level off the aircraft.
148906/22/195707:50Near Clarksburg, MarylandCapital AirlinesTrainingDouglas C-47AN8883519448330Loss of airspeed while executing maneuvers during a training flight, resulting in a stall followed immediately by a spin from an altitude too low to effect recovery.
149006/23/195714:20Port Hardy, BC, CanadaQueen Charlotte AirlinesPort Hardy - VancouverDouglas DC-3CF-EPI740818140Crashed while attempting an emergency landing after taking off with control difficulties. Jammed elevator. Crew forgot to remove the ground locks.
149107/01/1957Bay of Bengal, PakistanPakistan International AirlinesDouglas DC-3AP-AJS1250124240Crashed onto tidal flats off Charlakhi Island during a storm.
149207/16/195703:36Near Biak, IndonesiaKLM Royal Dutch Airlines844Mokmer - ManilaLockheed 1049C Super ConstellationPH-LKT450468580The pilot asked for clearance to make a low pass over Mokmer to give the passengers a final glimpse of the island. The plane gradually descended over the sea, crashed, burst into flames, broke apart and sank. Crew did not properly monitor their altitude.
149307/25/195703:37Daggett, CaliforniaWestern Airlines39Minneapolis -- Salt Lake - Cedar City - Las Vegas- LAConvair CV-240N8405H221610The plane landed safely after a dynamite bomb exploded in the rear lavatory. A passenger, Saul F. Binstock, 62, a retired North Hollywood jeweler, intent on suicide, detonated a bomb in the rear lavoratory blowing a 6 x 7 ft. hole in the fuselage. Binstock had purchased two insurance policies totaling $125,000 and then flew from Burbank to Las Vegas, where airport personnel at McCarran Field reported he never left the airport terminal. He then boarded the Western Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles and locked himself in the rear lavatory shortly after takeoff. Binstock’s body, missing several fingers on the left hand, was found the next day on a rugged peak in the Ord Mountains south of Daggett.
149408/11/195714:15Near Issoudun, Quebec, CanadaMaritime Central AirwaysReykjavík - MontrealDouglas DC-4CF-MCF1837479790The aircraft en route from Reykjavík to Montreal, Canada was flying at 6,000 ft. when it entered a thunderstorm. Subsequently it plunged to earth almost vertically at a speed calculated at 230 mph, bursting into flames. Severe turbulence encountered while flying in a cumulonimbus cloud, resulting in a chain of events quickly leading up to a complete loss of control.
149508/15/1957Copenhagen, DenmarkAeroflotRiga - CopenhagenIlyushin IL-14PCCCP-L187414600060723230Crashed into the harbor after hitting the chimney of a factory.
149608/20/1957Assam, IndiaIndamerDouglas DC-3VT-ARH04851880While making a sharp turn the cargo plane stalled and crashed.
149708/29/1957Near Juticalpa, HondurasSahsa AirlinesDouglas DC-3XH-SAF17139/344012120Crashed during takeoff.
149809/03/1957Niquitao, VenezuelaAvensaMaiquetia - BarinasDouglas DC-3YV-C-AVG4754880Strayed off course and collided with a mountain in the Penas Blancas hills. Pilot error. Weather's influence on radio communications. Leaving the prescribed route and flying at too low an altitude.
149909/15/195720:46New Bedford, MassachusettNortheast Airlines285Martha's Vineyard - New BedfordDouglas DC-3N33417733724120The aircraft struck trees to the right and short of the runway during approach in fog. The pilot attempted to make a visual approach by descending prematurely in the approach area without adherence to the prescribed ILS approach procedure which was dictated by existing weather conditions.
150009/18/195721:20Montevideo, UruguayREALSan Pablo - Porto Alegre - MontevideoConvair CV-440-62PP-AQE4563510Flying VFR, the aircraft encountered fog during the approach, undershot the runway and crashed. Pilot error.
150109/28/1957British European Airwaysde Havilland DH-114 HeronG-AOFY14099330The pilot did not appreciate that the air ambulance had rapidly lost height whilst he was making a visual half circuit to land. This could not have been due to the absence of sufficient visual reference in the prevailing conditions of darkness, very low cloud and drizzle. The urgent nature of the flight is considered to have influenced the pilot's decision to land.
150210/03/1957Beirut, LebanonLebanese International AirwaysBeirut - Kuwait CityCurtiss C-46A-45-CUOD-ACK3024927270Crashed into the ocean on takeoff.
150310/23/195716:51Belfast, IrelandBritish European AirwaysLondon - BelfastVickers 802 ViscountG-AOJA150770While attempting to land at Belfast, in poor weather, the plane drifted to the right of the runway, overshot the runway and crashed. Cause unknown.
150410/28/195718:05Madrid, SpainIberia AirlinesTanger - MadridDouglas DC-3EC-ACH1933221210Intense fire in the No.1 engine while en route, caused by foreign objects entering from the nacelle.
150510/30/1957Near Campeche, MexicoTransportes Aereos MexicanosFairchild C-82AXA-LIW330The cargo plane crashed en route.
150611/06/1957Bristol, EnglandBristol Aeroplane Co.Bristol Britannia 175G-ANCA1291715150Crashed on a training flight. The right wing suddenly dropped and the aircraft went into a very steeply banked right hand turn and crashed. Instrument failure leading to loss of control. Undetermined cause. Possible failure of the auto-pilot.
150711/09/195716:27900 miles E of Honolulu, Hawaii, PacifiOceanPan American World Airways7San Fransisco - HonoluluBoeing - 377-10-29 StratocruiserN9094415960/4044440The aircraft disappeared mid-way on a flight between San Francisco and Honolulu. Wreckage was found 940 miles NE of Honolulu 5 days later. Officially, the cause was never determined. Possible in-flight fire. High levels of carbon monoxide were found in the 19 bodies that were recovered, though this could have resulted from exposure to seawater. The aircraft was named 'Clipper Romance of the Skies.'
150811/15/195720:08Near Palma de Mallorca, SpainAviacoBarcelona - Palma de Mallorcade Havilland DH-114 Heron 2DEC-ANZ14117440The aircraft hit a mountain at 1,500 feet while on approach after the pilot turned the wrong way. Weather was rain and turbulence. Pilot error.
150911/15/195722:54Chessell Down Hants, EnglandAquilla AirwaysSouthhampton - LisbonaShort Solent 3 (flying boat)G-AKNUS-129958430The plane crashed into the face of a quarry between Chessel and Brook on the Isle of Wight. The last message transmitted from the aircraft was 'No. 4 engine feathered. Coming back in a hurry.' Electrical failure or accidental cut-off of the fuel actuator circuit of the No. 3 and No. 4 engines.
151011/21/195711:33Christchurch, New ZealandStraits Air Freight ExpressParaparaumu - TimaruBristol 170 Freighter 31ZK-AYH12828440The cargo plane lost a wing in flight and crashed into farmlands. In-flight structural fatigue failure of the starboard front lower spar boom.
151112/08/195716:45Bolivar, ArgentinaAerolineas ArgentinasBuenos Aires - San CarlosDouglas DC-4LV-AHZ2722761610The plane crashed during a storm. Left wing detached in extreme turbulence. The pilot descending on a track well below the minimum safety flight altitude established for this type of operation. The absence in the flight plan of a forecast showing the intensity of the meteorological phenomena encountered. Inadequate operational dispatch of the aircraft.
151212/10/1957Jeannine Lake, Quebec, CanadaNorthern WingsDouglas C-47ACF-GKV13837/25282330
151312/11/195713:12Ozamis City, PhilippinesPhilippine Air LinesOzamis City - Pagadiande Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter1220While taking off the plane stalled and hit trees. The uncontrollable stall at low altitude which resulted from the abrupt steep climb immediately after takeoff. Contributing factors were the improper loading of the aircraft and the prevailing gusty wind with a relatively high ambient temperature.
151412/23/1957Stansted, EnglandScottish AirlinesMalta - LondonAvro 685 York C-1G-AMUN440The cargo plane crash landed short of the runway on the third landing attempt. The accident was due to an error on the part of the captain in that while making an attempt to land he continued the approach below the critical height without sufficient visual reference to the ground.
151512/23/195716:00Off Oahu, HawaiiMilitary - U.S. NavyLockheed WV-214319723190The aircraft lost all power during a simulated emergency maneuver and struck the water after descending from a altitude of 1,000 ft. One of the crew moved an emergency shut-off lever in the wrong direction depriving all four engines of their fuel supply. The plane hit the water and broke in two. It was ruled the check pilot had failed to initiate remedial action when the aircraft began to lose altitude and failed to exercise authority when the real emergency developed.
151612/31/1957Buenos Aires, ArgentinaAerolineas ArgentinasBuenos Aires - Rosario - CorrientesShort SunderlandLV-AAR5190The flying boat sank in Buenos Aires harbor while trying to make an emergency landing after losing an engine.
151701/16/1958Belem, BrazilCruzeiroFairchild C-82APP-CEF10200330The cargo plane lost the No. 1 engine on takeoff and crashed.
151801/20/1958Near La Paz, BoliviaTAM (Bolivia)Tipuani - La PazDouglas DC-3TAM-0411110Crashed in mountainous terrain while en route.
151902/01/1958Rio de Janeiro, BrazilLoide Aéreo NacionalRio de Janerio - FortalezaDouglas DC-4PP-LEM183366750The plane abandoned the takeoff after an engine failed. The plane was unable to stop and slid off the runway striking rocks and catching fire. Failure of No. 4 engine. Malfunctioning of the starboard brakes.
152005/15/1958New Delhi, IndiaPakistan International Airlines205Dehli - KarachiConvair CV-240-7AP-AEH05238212Crashed shortly after taking off. Improper observation and interpretation of instruments. The captain did not properly observe and interpret his flight instruments and thus inadvertently permitted the aircraft to descend to the ground immediately after a night takeoff during which no visual reference was possible.
152102/01/195819:15Norwalk, CaliforniaMilitary - U.S. Air Force / Military - U.S. NavyLong Beach - McGuire AFBDouglas C-118A / Lockheed P2V-5F53-3277A/12772344622/49471The two aircraft collided at an altitude of 3,000 feet scattering wreckage over a residential and business area of suburban Los Angeles. The C-118 had just taken off from Long Beach Municipal Airport on a transcontinental flight and the P2V was on an instrument training exercise. All 41 killed on the C-118A, six on the P2V and one woman on the ground who was hit by debris outside her house. Pilot error, pilots of both aircraft.
152202/06/195814:17Munich, GermanyBritish European Airways609Munich - ManchesterAirspeed Ambassador A5-57G-ALZU521744230The aircraft crashed during takeoff in a snowstorm. The aircraft never lifted from the runway, crashed through the barrier fence and into a house. A German inquiry into the accident concluded that an accumulation of ice on the wings was the cause of the accident. An English inquiry disagreed, stating drag, due to slush on the runway was the cause of the accident. Eight members of the Manchester United football (soccer) team killed. The aircraft was named 'The Elizabethan.'
152302/19/1958Motu Taoru, FranceRéseau Aérien InterinsulaireConsolidated PBY-5A CatalinaF-AOVV15150Struck the water and sank after the right wing tip float contacted the water during a shallow turn for final approach.
152402/20/195805:35Off Corvo Island, AzoresMilitary - U.S. NavyLockheed WV-2BU-14131022220Disappeared while on patrol about 100 miles from the Azores. No trace of the aircraft was ever found.
152502/27/195809:45Horwich, Lancs, EnglandSilver City AirwaysIsle of Man - ManchesterBristol 170 Freighter 21G-AICS1276242350Crashed into a mountain near Winter Hill during an approach. The First Officer used the wrong radio beacon (Oldham Becaon instead of on Wigan Beacon).
152603/07/195819:45Off Ryukyu Islands, OkinawaMilitary - U.S. Marine Corps/Military - U.S. Marine CorpsFairchild R4Q / Dougas AD-6 skyraider129741/13535026260The aircraft collided after descending from a holding pattern while attempting to land at Naha Air Base. Failure of the AD-6 pilot to maintain his position. One killed aboard the AD-6. Poor judgement on the part of the R4Q Plane Commander.
152703/07/1958Menzalah Lake, EgyptMisrairAthens - CairoVickers 628 Viking 1BSU-AGN1962680While approaching Cairo, the aircraft was diverted to Port Said where it ditched into Menzalah Lake.
152803/22/195802:05Grants, New MexicoPrivateLockheed 18 LodestarN300E2312440The aircraft went down 35 miles SW of Grants, New Mexico. Fog, snow and thunderstorms were reported in the area. Film director, producer Mike Todd, 49, husband of Elizabeth Taylor, killed. Elizabeth Taylor, who had planned to go on the trip with her husband, remained at home, ill with bronchitis. The plane was named 'The Lucky Liz.'
152903/24/1958Near Kathmandu, NepalIndian AirlinesSimra - KathmanduDouglas DC-3VT-CYN1998820200Due to a navigational error the aircraft flew the wrong route into a valley. While maneuvering to make a turn, the aircraft stalled and crashed. Wreckage was found 16 miles from Kathmandu.
153003/25/1958Miami, FloridaBraniff Airlines971Douglas DC-7-CN590445072/7932490The plane crashed 2 minutes after takeoff while trying to return to the airport after reporting a fire in the No. 3 engine. The failure of the captain to maintain altitude during an emergency return to the airport due to his undue preoccupation with an engine fire following takeoff.
153103/27/195816:15Bridgeport, TexasMilitary - U.S. Air Force/Military - U.S. Air ForceDouglas C-124C / Fairchild C-119C52-981A/49-195A18180Collided in midair while cruising at 6,000 ft. Both aircraft crashed into farmlands killing all aboard. The pilot of the 49-195A was flying at the wrong altitude.
153204/02/1958Quito, EcuadorTransportes Aereos OrientalesQuito - EsmeraldasJunkers JU-52/3mHC-SNDJ51091430
153304/06/195823:19Freeland, MichiganCapital Airlines67New York - Detroit - Saginaw - ChicagoVickers Viscount 745DN743713547470The aircraft stalled and crashed into a corn field, 300 feet short of the runway, while making a landing attempt at Tri-City Airport in restricted visibility of rain and snow. The aircraft struck the ground nose first, then flipped over and broke apart. Icing of the horizontal stabilizer leading to loss of pitch control.
153404/07/195809:00Mt. Illiniza, EcuadorAREA222Guayaquil - QuitoDouglas DC-3HC-ACL1977932320Flew into a mountain 15 minutes after leaving Guayaquil. Procedural error. The pilot did not maintain IFR until clear of the cloud cover.
153504/14/195820:07Off Castell de Fels, SpainAviacoZaragoza - Barcelonade Havilland DH-114 Heron 2DEC-ANJ1411316160Crashed into the ocean after a sudden avoidance manuver. ATC error. Another aircraft was permitted to takeoff without the exact position of the plane being known.
153604/21/195808:30Near Sloan, 10 miles SW of Las Vegas, NevadaUnited Air Lines / Military - U.S. Air Force736Los Angeles - New York CityDouglas DC-7 / F-100FN6328C/56-375545142 /243-3149490The DC-7 was en route from Los Angeles to Denver flying at 21,000 ft. The military jet was on a training mission being conducted under VFR. The fighter initiated an evasive maneuver just prior to colliding with the airliner. Both trainee and instructor aboard the F-100 were killed along with all forty-seven aboard the DC-7 airliner. A high rate of near head-on closure at high altitude, human and cockpit limitations and the failure of Nellis Air Force Base and the Civil Aeronautics Administration to take measures to reduce a known collision exposure as training exercises were allowed to be conducted within the confines of several airways after numerous close calls with military jets had been reported by airline crews for more than a year prior to the tragedy.
153705/18/195804:30Near Casablanca, MoroccoSabenaLisbon - LeopoldvilleDouglas DC-7COO-SFA45157/73765610The aircraft developed trouble in the No. 1 engine while en route from Lisbon to Leopoldville. While attempting to land in poor visibility on 3 engines, the aircraft stalled 80 ft. above the ground and crashed into a building and burst into flames. Pre-crash damage to the No. 1 engine. An error of judgment by the pilot in reapplication of power when the aircraft was neither in the appropriate configuration nor at a sufficient speed to carry out the attempted safety maneuver.
153805/20/195811:29Brunswick, MarylandCapital Airlines / Military - Air National Guard300Pittsburgh - BaltimoreVickers Viscount 745D / T-33AN7410/53-596610811110Midair collision at 8,000 ft., four miles ENE of Brunswick. Failure of the T-33A pilot to exercise a proper see and avoid procedure to avoid other traffic. One aboard the T-33 ejected safely, all aboard the Viscount were killed.
153905/25/1958Gurgaon, IndiaDan-Air ServicesAvro 685 York C-1G-AMUV540A fire in fligth caused by a failure of the No. 1 engine. During the ensuing forced landing on rough terrain the aircraft broke up and was consumed by fire.
154005/31/1958SW of Algiers, AlgeriaAir FranceAlgier - Colomb-Bechar - TindoufDouglas DC-3F-BHKV2000115150Crashed into mountains 100 miles southwest of Algiers.
154105/31/1958Rio de Janeiro, BrazilParaense Transportes AéreosCurtiss C-46DPP-BTB33304440The cargo plane crashed.
154206/02/195805:23Manila, PhilippinesPan American World AirwaysSan Francisco - SingaporeBoeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-26N1023V159235710A hard landing in heavy rain and gusty winds at Manila caused the collapse of the right main landing gear. A prop broke off the No. 3 engine, penetrated the cabin and killed one passenger. The aircraft was named 'Clipper Golden Gate.'
154306/02/1958Near Guadalajara, MexicoAeronaves de MexicoGuadalajara - Mexico CityLockheed 749A ConstellationXA-MEV266545450The plane crashed into La Latilla mountain 13 km west of Guadalajara. The aircraft did not climb out in accordance with approved procedures.
154406/04/195813:58Martinsburg, West VirginiaCapital AirlinesTrainingDouglas DC-3N495534820310Following the trainee-pilot's failure to maintain minimum-control speed during an attempted go-around, the instructor-pilot failed to take control of the aircraft in sufficient time to prevent a critical loss of altitude. A contributing factor was the malfunction of the landing gear latch which delayed retraction of the landing gear and caused the distraction of the instructor-pilot for several seconds during a critical period of the go-around.
154506/16/1958Curitiba, BrazilCruzeiroFlorianopolis - CuritibaConvair CV-440-59PP-CEP49327190Crashed during approach after encountering a downdraft. Missed the runway and collided with a tree. Windshear.
154606/25/1958Mohanbari, IndiaIndian AirlinesDouglas C-47AVT-COJ10051770While manoeuvring at a low height in mountainous terrain during a supply dropping mission the port wing of the cargo plane grazed the side of a hill thus causing the aircraft to slew and crash. A contributory factor might have been the mismanagement of the fuel system which caused temporary loss of engine power and height.
154706/27/195800:30Near Chicopee Falls, MassachusettsMilitary - U.S. Air ForceWestover AFB - LondonBoeing KC-135A56-3599A1734815150The aircraft crashed while attempting to break a transatlantiflight record. Heavily loaded with fuel, the pilots failed to detect the aircraft had gone into a slight descent shortly after becoming airborne. The plane struck some power lines and crashed near the Massachusetts Turnpike. The dead included six journalists.
154807/09/1958Dhaka, BaangladeshIndian AirlinesDouglas C-47AVT-CYM19317330Structural failure in the air.
154908/09/195801:14Benghazi, LibyaCentral African AirwaysWadi Halfa - BeninaVickers Viscount 748DVP-YNE10254360Crashed into high ground during approach. Misinterpreted or misread altimeter reading. Possible fatigue.
155008/12/1958Sakiya Saugye, JapanAll Nippon AirwaysTokyo - NagoyaDouglas DC-3JA5045733633330Ditched into the sea near Izu Island appoximately 1 hour after taking off after experiencing engine trouble.
155108/12/1958Maraso Bay, BrazilLANSADouglas DC-4PP-LEQ1054410100Crashed on approach. Cause unknown.
155208/14/195803:45North AtlantiOcean, 100 miles W of Galway Bay, IrelandKLM Royal Dutch Airlines607EAmsterdam - Shannon - Gander - New YorkLockheed 1049H Super ConstellationPH-LKM484199990The aircraft crashed into the sea while en route from Shannon to Gander, Newfoundland. Possible overspeeding of outer propeller.
155308/15/1958Nantucket, MassachusettNortheast Airlines258New York City - NantucketConvair CV-240-2N9067009034240The aircraft crashed 1,450 feet short of the runway while on approach. Poor judgement and technique by the pilot during approach in poor weather conditions.
155408/15/1958Near Chita, RussiaAeroflotTupolev TU-104-ACCCP-L544264640The aircraft stalled after flying over a thunderstorm. The aircraft climbed in excess of its operational ceiling considering its weight.
155509/02/1958Sasnashen, RussiaMilitary - U.S. Air ForceLockheed C-130A-II Hercules56-0528313617170Shot down by Soviet Mig fighters.
155609/02/1958London, EnglandIndependent Air TravelVickers 621 Viking 1G-AIJE127334The cargo plane lost an engine on the initial climb and was not able to maintain altitude and crashed.
155709/02/195806:10Off GuamMilitary - U.S. Air ForceGuam - Clark ABDouglas C-124C Globemaster52-1081A19190The aircraft crashed 35 miles west of Agana Naval Air Station. In-flight fire of unknown origin.
155809/05/1958Campina Grande, BrazilLoide Aereo NacionalCurtiss C-46A-CUPP-LDX3028818130The aircraft crashed after a second landing attempt. Improper approach procedure. Incorrect forcast provided to the crew.
155909/08/1958Near Fairchild AFB, Washington DCMilitary - U.S. Air Force / U.S. Air ForceBoeing B-52 / Boeing B-5256-661 / 56-68116130In VFR conditions the two Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers approached the same runway at the same time. The two aircraft rammed into each other 900 feet above the ground and crashed. Eight out of 9 aboard 56-661 were killed. Five out of 7 aboard 56-681 were killed. Operator error, in that the pilots of both aircraft failed to maintain safe separation during VFR conditions.
156009/09/1958Mount Oyama, JapanFlying Tiger LineLockheed L-1049H Super ConstellationN6920C4822880Crashed into Mount Oyama 15 miles southwest of Tokyo.
156109/15/1958Triel, FranceMilitary - U.S. Air ForceLockheed C-130A Hercules56-0526313415150Midair collision.
156209/29/1958Over the Mediterranean SeaMiddle East AirlinesBeirut - RomeAvro 685 York IOD-ADB1307550The cargo plane disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea and was never found.
156310/09/1958Payette, IdahoMilitary - U.S. Air ForceFairchild C-123 Provider55-4521A19190Crashed and exploded on flat terrain easts of Payette. A loss of control or the incapacitation of one of the pilots may have factored in the accident.
156410/14/195800:22Mt. Alto del Cedro, VenezuelaLinea Aeropostal VenezolanaLockheed 1049E Super ConstellationYV-C-ANC457523230Crashed into the Alto del Cedro mountain. Premature descent. Navigation error. Lack of navigation facilities in the area.
156510/15/1958Villa Montes, BoliviaTAM (Bolivia)Fortin Campero - TarijaDouglas C-47ATAM-031383920200Crashed into mountain while en route.
156610/17/1958Near Kanash, RussiaAeroflotPeking - MoscowTupolev TU-104ACCCP-4236280800The plane was on a flight from Peking to Moscow at FL330 when it went out of control. The aircraft experienced extreme turbulence during a climb, stalled and plunged to earth and burned. The captain described everything as it happened as he attempted to recover from the uncontrolled descent, ending the radio transmission with a farewell.
156710/18/1958Placentia Bay, CanadaMilitary - U.S. NavyPatuxent River, NAS - Argentia,NASLockheed WV-2 Super ConstellationBu14129429110Crashed 1,000 feet short of the Argentia, NAS runway.
156810/22/195811:50Anzio, ItalyBritish European Airways142London - NapoliVickers Viscount 701CG-ANHC06331310Midair collision with an Italian Air Force F-86. The airliner drifted off course. Neither pilot saw each other before they collided.
156911/01/195802:01Nipe Bay, CubaCubana de Aviacion495Miami - VaraderoVickers Viscount 755DCU-T60309120170Hijacked by 4 Cuban rebels, the plane crashed after running out of fuel while attempting to land at Preston Airport.
157011/03/195820:00Near Roccatamburo di Poggiodomo, ItalyYemen AirlinesRome - BelgradeDouglas C-47-DLYE-AAB4345880The DC-3 was to fly the Yemenite Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs from Rome to Belgrade. The aircraft The aircraft crashed on the western slopes of Mount Porretta at an elevation of 2,690 feet due to a navagation error. Pilot error.
157111/08/1958La Paz, BoliviaTAM (Bolivia)San Borja - La PazDouglas DC-3TAM-05330The cargo plane disappeared en route.
157211/09/195813:21North AtlantiOceanARTOP Aerotopografica LDACabo Ruivo - FunchalMartin MarinerCS-THB5914436360The aircraft was missing on a flight from Cabo Ruivo to Funchal over the North Atlantiafter transmitting an emergency message positioning the aircraft at 36 degrees 40 minutes N 12 degrees W.
157311/16/1958Fort Collins, ColoradoCapitol AirwaysCurtiss C-46FN1301N22480220The cargo plane lost an engine while enroute and crashed. Icing, turbulence.
157412/04/195817:15Guadarrama Mountains, SpainAviacoVigo - MadridSNCASE LanguedocEC-ANR2821210Crashed into La Rodilla de la Mujer Muerta while on approach to Madrid. Loss of control due to icing and turbulence.
157512/24/195811:58Winkton, EnglandBOACTestBristol 175 Britannia 3121290While descending the aircraft struck the ground in heavy fog.
157612/26/195812:52Salisbury, ZimbabweUnion Aeromaritime de Transport736Johannesberg - Salisbury - Brazzaville - Nice - ParisDouglas DC-6BF-BGTZ43827/3377030The aircraft took off into heavy thunderstorms, was not able to maintain height and airspeed and crashed to the ground. The aircraft struck the ground shortly after takeoff as a result of an uncontrollable loss of airspeed and height due to a sudden squall accompanying the onset of a thunderstorm.
157712/30/1958Rio de Janeiro, BrazilVASPRio de Janeiro - Sao PauloSaab ScandiaPP-SQE10337210Crashed on takeoff after the No.1 engine failed. Pilot error. Pilot's incorrect handling of controls in flight.
157801/13/1962Near Tippi, EthiopiaEthiopian AirlinesTippi - JimmaDouglas DC-3ET-T-1100531851Swerved off the runway while taking off and struck a structure.
157901/06/195911:20Mt. Pena Blanca, GuatemalaSahsa AirlinesCopan - Nuovo OctopequeDouglas DC-3XH-SAA19667550Crashed into Mt. Pena Blanca while en route. The pilot's attempt to fly over mountainous terrain by visual reference to the ground under weather conditions restricting visibility which forced him to descend to a dangerously low altitude.
158001/08/195920:32Mt. Holston, TennesseeSoutheast Airlines308Nashville - Knoxville - Tri-City AportDouglas DC-3N18941200710100The aircraft struck a mountain during an ILS approach to Tri-City Airport. Pilot's failure to identify an intersection properly, resulting in flying