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ID Date Time Location Operator Flight Number Route Type Registration CN/LN Aboard Fatalities Ground Summary
1 09/17/1908 17:18 Fort Myer, Virginia Military - U.S. Army Demonstration Wright Flyer III 1 2 1 0 During 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.
2 07/12/1912 06:30 AtlantiCity, New Jersey Military - U.S. Navy Test flight Dirigible 5 5 0 First U.S. dirigible Akron exploded just offshore at an altitude of 1,000 ft. during a test flight.
3 08/06/1913 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Private - Curtiss seaplane 1 1 0 The first fatal airplane accident in Canada occurred when American barnstormer, John M. Bryant, California aviator was killed.
4 09/09/1913 18:30 Over the North Sea Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-1 (airship) 20 14 0 The 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.
5 10/17/1913 10:30 Near Johannisthal, Germany Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-2 (airship) 30 30 0 Hydrogen gas which was being vented was sucked into the forward engine and ignited causing the airship to explode and burn at 3,000 ft..
6 03/05/1915 01:00 Tienen, Belgium Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-8 (airship) 41 21 0 Crashed into trees while attempting to land after being shot down by British and French aircraft.
7 09/03/1915 15:20 Off Cuxhaven, Germany Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-10 (airship) 19 19 0 Exploded and burned near Neuwerk Island, when hydrogen gas, being vented, was ignited by lightning.
8 07/28/1916 Near Jambol, Bulgeria Military - German Army Schutte-Lanz S-L-10 (airship) 20 20 0 Crashed near the Black Sea, cause unknown.
9 09/24/1916 01:00 Billericay, England Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-32 (airship) 22 22 0 Shot down by British aircraft crashing in flames.
10 10/01/1916 23:45 Potters Bar, England Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-31 (airship) 19 19 0 Shot down in flames by the British 39th Home Defence Squadron.
11 11/21/1916 Mainz, Germany Military - German Army Super Zeppelin (airship) 28 27 0 Crashed in a storm.
12 11/28/1916 23:45 Off West Hartlepool, England Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-34 (airship) 20 20 0 Shot down by British anti-aircraft fire and aircraft and crashed into the North Sea.
13 03/04/1917 Near Gent, Belgium Military - German Army Airship 20 20 0 Caught fire and crashed.
14 03/30/1917 Off Northern Germany Military - German Navy Schutte-Lanz S-L-9 (airship) 23 23 0 Struck by lightning and crashed into the BaltiSea.
15 05/14/1917 05:15 Near Texel Island, North Sea Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-22 (airship) 21 21 0 Crashed into the sea from an altitude of 3,000 ft. after being hit by British aircraft fire.
16 06/14/1917 08:45 Off Vlieland Island, North Sea Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-43 (airship) 24 24 0 Shot down by British aircraft.
17 08/21/1917 07:00 Off western Denmark Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-23 (airship) 18 18 0 Shot down by British aircraft.
18 10/20/1917 07:45 Near Luneville, France Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-44 (airship) 18 18 0 Shot down by French anti-aircraft fire.
19 04/07/1918 21:30 Over the Mediterranean Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-59 (airship) 23 23 0 Exploded and crashed into the sea off the southern coast of Italy.
20 05/10/1918 Off Helgoland Island, Germany Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-70 (airship) 22 22 0 Shot down by British aircraft crashing from a height of 17,000 ft.
21 08/11/1918 10:00 Ameland Island, North Sea Military - German Navy Zeppelin L-53 (airship) 19 19 0 Shot down by british aircraft.
22 12/16/1918 Elizabeth, New Jersey US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 97 1 1 0
23 05/25/1919 Cleveland, Ohio US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 61 1 1 0 Caught fire in midair. The pilot leaped from the plane to his death as the plane began to go into a dive.
24 07/19/1919 Dix Run, Pennsylvania US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 82 1 1 0
25 10/02/1919 Newcastle, England Aircraft Transport and Travel De Havilland DH-4 1 1 0
26 10/14/1919 Cantonsville, Maryland US Aerial Mail Service Curtiss R-4LM 32 1 1 0
27 10/20/1919 English Channel Aircraft Transport and Travel De Havilland DH-4 G-EAHG
28 10/30/1919 Long Valley, New Jersey US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH.4 77 1 1 0
29 03/10/1920 New Paris, Indiana US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 65 1 1 0
30 03/30/1920 Newark, New Jersey US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 72 1 1 0
31 04/10/1920 Newark, New Jersey US Aerial Mail Service Curtiss R-4LM 49 2 1 0
32 04/11/1920 Heller Field, New Jersey US Aerial Mail Service Curtiss JN-4H 44 2 1 0
33 05/12/1920 Oskaloosa, Iowa US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 79 2 1 0
34 06/06/1920 Cleveland, Ohio US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 204 1 1 0
35 08/16/1920 Bedford, England By Air Armstrong-Whitworth F-K-8 G-EALW 1 1 0
36 08/16/1920 College Park, Maryland US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 317 1 1 0
37 09/01/1920 Morristown, New Jersey US Aerial Mail Service Junkers JL-6 305 2 2 0
38 09/15/1920 Pemberville, Ohio US Aerial Mail Service Junkers F-13 308 2 2 0
39 09/27/1920 Hillersburg, Pennsylvania US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 316 1 1 0
40 10/02/1920 Off Port Vendres, France Latecoere Airlines Salmson 2-A-2 F-ALAI 31 2 2 0
41 10/05/1920 Valencia, Spain Latecoere Airlines Breguet 14 F-ALTA 20 2 2 0 Crashed while landing.
42 10/15/1920 Batavia, Illinois US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 76 1 1 0
43 11/07/1920 Tie Siding, Wyoming US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 178 1 1 0
44 12/14/1920 Cricklewood, England Handley Page Transport Handley Page HP-16 G-EAMA HP-25 8 4 0 Crashed into a tree on take off in fog.
45 12/24/1920 Barcelona, Spain Aeropostale Breguet 14 F-ALBO 1 1 0
46 02/03/1921 Mendotta, Minnisota US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 130 1 1 0
47 02/09/1921 La Crosse, Wisconsin US Aerial Mail Service Junkers F-13 301 3 3 0
48 02/15/1921 Off Gibraltar Aeropostale Breguet 14 F-ALBA 2 2 0
49 02/22/1921 Elko, Nevada US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 67 1 1 0
50 04/06/1921 Point Cook, Australia Military - Royal Australian Air Force H3021 2 1 0
51 04/21/1921 Mitchel Field, NY US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 160 1 1 0
52 04/29/1921 Cleveland, Ohio US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 196 1 1 0
53 05/17/1921 Rock Springs, Wyoming US Aerial Mail Service 176 1 1 0
54 07/16/1921 San Francisco, California US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 222 1 1 0
55 08/14/1921 Toulouse, France Aeropostale Breguet 14 F-ALBI 2 2 0
56 08/24/1921 17:40 River Humber, England Military - Royal Airship Works Royal Airship Works ZR-2 (airship) R-38 R-38 46 46 1 Crashed due to structural failure followed by two explosions and a fire. Attributed to faulty design.
57 09/06/1921 Paris, France Franco-Roumaine Varsovie - Strasbourg - Paris Potez IX F-ADCD 160 5 5 0 Crashed while making an approach to Le Bourget Airport in Paris.
58 12/05/1921 Near Murchinson River, Australia West Australian Airways Bristol 28 Tourer G-AUDI 6116 3 3 0
59 01/14/1922 Paris, France Handley Page Transport Handley Page O/10 G-EATN HP-43 5 5 5 Crashed at Le Bourget field.
60 02/21/1922 Near Norfolk, Virginia Military - U.S. Army Air Service Dirigible Roma (airship) 45 34 0 Crashed from a height of 500 ft. after experiencing control problems cause by malfunctioning controls.
61 04/07/1922 Grandvilliers, France Daimler Airways / Grands Express Aeriens de Havilland DH-18 / Farman F-60 Goliath G-EAOW/FGEAD 4 7 7 0 A 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.
62 04/08/1922 Pao Ting Fou, China 17 17 0 All seventeen aboard were Chinese nationals.
63 04/13/1922 Brooklands, England Vickers Vickers Viking G-EBBZ 3 3 0
64 10/01/1925 Nittany Mt, Ohio US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 385 1 1 0
65 06/03/1922 Off Folkestone, Kent, England Cie des Messageries Aeriennes Bleriot Spad 27 F-CMAY 1254 3 3 0
66 07/26/1922 Cadix, Spain Grands Express Aeriens Breguet 14 3 3 0
67 09/07/1922 Indianapolis, Indiana US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 227 1 1 0
68 10/02/1922 Venice, Italy de Havilland DH-9 G-EAYT 4 4 0
69 10/25/1922 Larache, Morocco Grands Express Aeriens Breguet 14 2 2 0
70 12/03/1922 Fez, Morocco Grands Express Aeriens Breguet 14 1 1 0
71 01/10/1923 Ajaccio, France Amee de l'Air Lioré-et-Olivier H-13 F-AEIB 4 3 0
72 01/17/1923 Barcelona, Spain Grands Express Aeriens Breguet 14 F-ALJU 1 1 0
73 01/18/1923 Cheyenne, Wyoming US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 223 1 1 0
74 02/26/1923 Meadville, Pennsylvania US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 291 1 1 0
75 05/14/1923 Monsures, France Grands Express Aeriens Farman F-60 Goliath F-AEBY 6 6 0
76 08/27/1923 Bucharest, Romania Campagnie France Roumaine Blériot Spad 46 F-AEGN 2 2 0
77 09/07/1923 Colton, Ohio US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 283 1 1 0
78 09/14/1923 Berks, England Daimler Airways de Havilland DH-34 G-EBBS 29 6 6 0
79 11/18/1923 Russia CCCP Junkers F-13 D-257 4 2 0
80 12/06/1923 Castalia, Ohio US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 318 1 1 0
81 12/23/1923 02:30 Over the Mediterranean Sea Military - French Navy Toulon - Algiers Zeppelin Dixmunde (airship) L-72 52 52 0 Crashed 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.
82 12/24/1923 Egbert, WY US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 315 1 1 0
83 03/07/1924 Grampian, Pennsylvania US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 327 1 1 0
84 04/24/1924 Over the English Channel KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Lympne, England - Rotterdam, The Netherlands Fokker F.III H-NABS 1535 3 3 0
85 06/08/1924 Barranquilla, Colombia SCADTA Junkers F-13 A16 3 3 0
86 08/01/1924 United States US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 297 1 1 0
87 11/06/1924 Cabrerolles, France Grands Express Aeriens F-AFBD 1 1 0
88 12/21/1924 Goshen, Indiana US Aerial Mail Service De Havilland DH-4 311 1 1 0
89 12/24/1924 Purley, England Imperial Airways de Havilland DH-34B G-EBBX 36 8 8 0 Shortly 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.
90 03/22/1925 Near Tiflies, Georgia, USSR Zakavia Junkers F-13 R-RECA 590 5 5 0
91 04/25/1925 Alicante, Spain Grands Express Aeriens Breguet 14 4 4 0
92 05/25/1925 Alicante, Spain Lignes Aeriennes Latecoere Breguet 14 F-AFBB 2 2 0
93 06/25/1925 Landrécies, France KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Fokker (KLM) F.III H-NABM KLM-2 4 4 0 Crashed in poor weather.
94 06/26/1925 Alicante, Spain Grands Express Aeriens Lioré-et-Olivier H-13 F-AHBH 2 2 0
95 07/20/1925 Rosas, Spain Lignes Aeriennes Latecoere Breguet 14 F-AFBI 1 1 0
96 07/24/1925 Budapest, Hungary CIDNA Potez IX 1 1 0
97 09/03/1925 05:30 Caldwell, Ohio Military - U.S. Navy Lakehurst, NJ - S.t Louis, MO Dirigible ZR-1 Shenandoah (airship) ZR-1 43 14 0 The 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.
98 09/07/1925 Toul, France CIDNA 3 3 0
99 11/14/1925 Off Boulogne-sur-Mer, France Air Union Farman F-60 Goliath F-AMFY 2 2 0
100 02/12/1926 Montpelier, Ohio US Aerial Mail Service Curtiss Carrier Pigeon 1 1 0
101 03/08/1926 Staaken, Germany Deutche Lufthansa Junkers F-13 1 1 0
102 05/31/1926 English Channel Air Union Breguet 14 F-ADAI 1 1 0
103 07/03/1926 Rossaugpt, Czechoslovakia Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne Paris - Prague Caudron C-61 F-AFBT 5307 7 7 0 Crashed while en route.
104 07/09/1926 Wolvertem, Belgium KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Fokker F-4 H-NACC 4759 2 2 0
105 07/24/1926 Juist, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers F-13 D-272 660 4 4 0 Weather related.
106 08/18/1926 Hurst, Kent, England Air Union Bleriot 155 F-AIEB 2 4 4 0 Crashed in adverse weather conditions. Engine failure.
107 09/26/1926 New York, New York New York - Paris Sikorsky S-25 5 2 0 Too much weight caused the landing gear to collapse as the plane took off for Paris on the first trans-Atlantipassenger flight.
108 10/08/1926 Bueren, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Fokker FG III D-468 1554 4 4 0 Weather related.
109 10/21/1926 13:15 English Channel Imperial Airways Handley Page W-10 G-EBMS W10/3 12 0 0 The 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.
110 11/11/1926 Cape Bojador, Morocco Grands Express Aeriens Breguet 14 3 3 0
111 12/16/1926 Medford, Oregon PacifiAir Transport Ryan M-1 2 1 1 0
112 01/12/1927 Lille, France KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Fokker F-VII H-NADH 2 2 0
113 03/20/1927 Rabat, Morocco Grands Express Aeriens Breguet 14 F-ALRA 1 1 0
114 03/24/1927 Tambo, Qld, Australia Qantas de Havilland DH-9C G-AUED 86 3 3 0 Stalled at low altitiude on approach to land
115 04/15/1927 King Hill, Idaho Varney Air Lines 1 1 0 Crashed after an unsuccessful attempt at fly into strong headwinds. The engine quit and the plane nosedived into the ground.
116 04/22/1927 Goshen, Indiana US Aerial Mail Service Douglas M-4 626 1 1 0
117 04/22/1927 Floh, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Fokker FG III D-729 1567 2 2 0 Engine failure.
118 05/02/1927 Algiers, Algeria Air Union SPCA Meteore 63 3 1 0
119 07/27/1927 Amoneburg, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers F-13 D-206 591 5 5 0 Engine failure.
120 08/22/1927 08:30 Sevenoaks, England KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Croydon - Schiphol Fokker F-VIII 4993 11 1 0 A 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.
121 09/03/1927 Willington, Connecticut Colonial Air Transport Fokker Universal 1 1 0
122 09/17/1927 Hadley, New Jersey Reynolds Airways Sightseeing Fokker F-VII NC776 4840 12 7 0 The 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.
123 09/22/1927 Saale, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa BFW M-18 D-1177 30 4 2 0 Engine failure.
124 09/23/1927 10:00 Schleiz, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin - Munich Dornier Merkur D-585 6 6 0 Broken wing strut.
125 10/06/1927 Thies, Mauritania Lignes Aeriennes Latecoere Breguet 14 F-AGBN 2 2 0
126 10/30/1927 New Brunswick, New Jersey Colonial Air Transport Fairchild FC-2 4 4 0 Went into a tailspin and crashed into a corn field
127 11/16/1927 Strasburg, France CIDNA Farman F-121 Jabiru 1 1 0
128 11/16/1927 Over the Gulf of Finland Aero O-Y Junkers F-13 K-SALD 798 6 6 0
129 11/29/1927 Corunna, Indiana National Air Transport Douglas M-4 1 1 0
130 12/26/1927 Almeria, Spain Aeropostale Breguet 14 2 2 0
131 12/28/1927 Abuerio, Spain Aeropostale Breguet 14 F-AFGS 1 1 0
132 12/31/1927 France Latecoere Airlines Latécoère 23 4 4 0
133 01/08/1928 Near Canajoharie, New York Colonial Western Airlines Minola - Albany - Buffalo Fairchild FC-2 39 3 3 0 Became lost in dense fog and flew into the ground in the Mohawk Valley while proceeding to Buffalo..
134 01/16/1928 Solis, Uruguay Aeropostale Latecoere 25 2 2 0
135 01/22/1928 Tarragona, Spain Aeropostale Breguet 14 F-AHEQ 2 2 0
136 01/22/1928 France Aeropostale Breguet 14 2 1 0
137 01/27/1928 Almeria, Spain Aeropostale Breguet 14 F-AEEH 1 1 0
138 02/26/1928 Marquette, Nebraska Boeing Air Transport Boeing 40 NC280 2 1 0 The 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.
139 03/03/1928 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10 10 0
140 03/11/1928 Off Cape Griz Nez, France Air Union Farman F-60 Goliath F-AEFC 2 2 0
141 04/17/1928 Federal, Wyoming Boeing Air Transport Boeing 40 2 1 0
142 04/19/1928 Minuesa, Spain Iberia Airlines Rohrbach Roland M-CCCC 9 9 0 Crashed in fog.
143 05/07/1928 Aeropostale Latecoere 26 F-AIMQ 1 1 0
144 05/12/1928 Dearborn, Minnesota Ford Air Freight Inc. Ford 4 NC1492 2 2 0
145 05/26/1928 Radevormwald, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers F-13 D-583 742 5 3 0 Pilot error.
146 06/14/1928 Frankfurt, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa AEGK D-74 439 5 5 0
147 06/22/1928 Lebo, Kansas National Air Transport Chicago - Dallas Douglas M-4 1 1 0 The mail plane flew into tornado like winds and crashed to the ground.
148 07/10/1928 Over the Gulf of Finland Aero O-Y Junkers F-13 K-SALB 760 6 6 0
149 07/13/1928 Purley, England Imperial Airways Testing Vickers 74 Vulcan G-EBLB 9 4 4 0 Crashed to the ground shortly after taking off killing two men and two women.
150 07/24/1928 Waalhaven harbor, Netherlands KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Fokker (KLM) F.III H-NABR 1533 (KLM-1) 1 1 0 The plane crashed into the Waalhaven harbor.
151 08/25/1928 Near Port Townsend, BC, Canada British Columbia Airways Victoria - Seattle Ford 4-AT-B Tri Motor G-CATX 4-AT-26 7 7 0 Crashed into Puget Sound in dense fog. Considered the first Canadian air disaster.
152 09/02/1928 Toul, France CIDNA Bleriot Spad 56 3 3 0
153 09/04/1928 Adelaide Hills, Australia Qantas de Havilland DH.50J G-AUHI 2 1 0 Following 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.
154 09/04/1928 Pocatello, Idaho National Parks Airways Fokker Super Universal NC7242 809 7 7 0
155 09/06/1928 Heroldbach, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Fokker FG III D-180 1531 3 3 0 Engine failure.
156 10/04/1928 Gerona, Spain Aeropostale Breguet 14 3 3 0
157 10/18/1928 Polk, Pennsylvania National Air Transport Douglas M-4 1 1 0 The mail plane crashed and burned during the night.
158 10/31/1928 Valence, France Air Union Bleriot Spad 56 F-AIMN 2 1 0
159 11/15/1928 Off Gibraltar Aeropostale Latecoere 32 F-AISN 2 1 0
160 11/24/1928 Edgerton, Ohio Universal Airlines Cleveland - Chicago Hamilton H-47 46 3 3 0 The mail plane crashed in a heavy snow storm.
161 11/25/1928 Bristolville, Ohio National Air Transport Douglas M-4 1 1 0 The mail plane crashed in a snow storm.
162 11/25/1928 Edgerton, Ohio Continental Air Lines Cleveland - Louisville Travel Air 4000 3 3 0 The mail plane crashed in a heavy snow storm
163 12/01/1928 10:00 Spur, Texas Sunbeam Air Transport Co. San Antonio - Amarillo - Tulsa - Denver Ford 4-AT-B Tri Motor NC7862 4-AT-47 5 5 0 The aircraft crashed and burned while en route. Flames were seen aboard the plane before it crashed.
164 12/03/1928 08:00 Brazil Syndicato Condor Dornier Wal P-BACA 063 14 14 0 The 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.
165 12/04/1928 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Junkers G24 6 6 0 The aircraft's wingtip struck the water and crashed into Rio de Janeiro Bay.
166 12/11/1928 Letzlingen, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers G-31 D-1473 3005 4 3 0 Weather related.
167 12/20/1928 Huron, Ohio National Air Transport Cleveland - Chicago Douglas M-4 1 1 0 The mail plane crashed into an apple tree during a snow storm.
168 12/23/1928 Chattanooga, Tennessee Interstate Airlines Fairchild FC-2 4 4 0 Crashed onto a roof and garage on takeoff and burst into flames. The motor may have not been warmed- up enough.
169 12/31/1928 Reims, France CIDNA Blériot Spad 66 F-AEHX 40 3 2 0 Crashed into high ground in fog.
170 01/05/1929 Stafford Springs, Connecticut Colonial Air Transport Fairchild FC-2 1 1 0
171 01/18/1929 Cove, Oregon Varney Air Lines Stearman C-38 1 1 0 While attempting to make an emergency landing on the Minam river the plane hit a bolder
172 01/25/1929 Near Corfu, Greece Aeroespresso CMASA Wal I-AZDA 053 9 2 0
173 01/31/1929 Morgantown, West Virginia Skyline Transportation Company Travel Air 4000 1 1 0
174 01/31/1929 Off Morocco Aeropostale Latecoere 26 2 2 0
175 03/17/1929 Newark, New Jersey Colonial Western Airlines Sightseeing Ford 5-AT-B Tri Motor NC7683 4-AT-41 15 14 0 The 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.
176 03/30/1929 09:18 Near Beaumont, California New Standard Airlines Los Angeles - Phoenix - El Paso Fokker F-VIIA NC7888 617 4 4 0 The 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.
177 04/21/1929 San Diego, California Maddux Airlines / Military - U.S.Army Air Force San Diego - Phoenix Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor / B-PW-9D NC9636 / 28-037 4-AT-010 6 6 0 A 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.
178 05/18/1929 Hungary MALERT Fokker F-III H-MABC 2 2 0
179 05/22/1929 Algiers Aeropostale Cams 53 F-AISX 5 4 0
180 06/10/1929 Santiago de Cuba, Cuba Pan American Airways Santiago de Cuba - Havana Fokker F-X NC9700 5 2 0 Crashed while taking off. The muddy field prevented the aircraft from gaining altitude. The plane hit telephone wires and crashed.
181 06/14/1929 Barcelona, Spain Aeropostale Breguet 14 F-AFEJ 2 1 0
182 06/17/1929 Off Dungeness, England Imperial Airways Handley Page W-10 G-EBMT W10/4 13 7 0 The 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.'
183 06/24/1929 St. Paul, Minnesota Northwest Orient Airlines St. Paul - Minneapolis Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor NC7416 5-AT-002 8 1 0 Crashed near Indian Mounds park shortly after taking off. Triple engine failure.
184 06/29/1929 Lake Constance, Switzerland Aero Lloyd Domier Delphin III D-1620 151 5 5 0 The aircraft crashed into lake Constance while attempting to landing.
185 06/29/1929 Columbus, Ohio Continental Air Lines Travel Air 4000 1 1 0
186 08/11/1929 Clovis, New Mexico Middle States Airlines Lockheed Vega NC870E 4 4 0
187 08/13/1929 Perpignan, France Aeropostale Breguet 14 1 1 0
188 08/24/1929 Sochi, Russia Ukvozduchput Kalinin K-4 CCCP-217 1 1 0
189 08/24/1929 Elm, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Fokker FG II D-757 1571 5 4 0 Weather related.
190 09/02/1929 Needles, California Associated Aviators Lockheed Vega NR859E 2 1 0 The plane crashed after going into a tail spin. The mechaniwas able to parachute to safety.
191 09/03/1929 c: 1:00 Mt. Taylor, New Mexico Trans Continental Air Transport Albuquerque - Los Angeles Ford 5-AT-B Tri Motor NC9649 5-AT-002 8 8 0 Crashed in a thunderstorm after being struck by lightning. The plane was named 'The City of San Francisco.'
192 09/06/1929 Jask, Iran Imperial Airways London, England - India de Havilland DH-66 Hercules G-EBMZ 239 5 3 0 The mail plane caught fire after crash landing.
193 09/17/1929 Off Larache, Morocco Aeropostale Latecoere 25-3-R F-AIUJ 704 5 5 0 Crashed into the Mediterranean.
194 09/17/1929 Jacumba, California Pickwick Airways Tijuana - Nogales Fairchild 71 2 1 0 The mail plane crashed into a hillside in the desert while attempting to make an emergency landing during a storm.
195 09/17/1929 Mt Lamentation, Connecticut Colonial Air Transport Pitcairn PA-6 Mailwing 1 1 0 The mail plane crashed into Mt. Lamentation and burst into flames.
196 10/26/1929 Off Spezia, Italy Imperial Airways Short Calcutta G-AADN 5748 7 7 0 The aircraft ditched in the ocean after encountering gale force winds. Sank while in tow. The plane was named 'City of Rome.'
197 10/29/1929 Mount Vernon, Ohio Continental Air Lines Cleveland - Louisville Stearman C-38 1 1 0 The mail plane crashed into a grove of trees 8 miles southwest of Mount Vernon.
198 10/31/1929 Off Bremerton, Washington Bremerton-Seattle Air Taxi / Gorst Air Lines Bremerton Loening C-2C 2 2 0 The air taxi crashed into Puget Sound as it attempted to take off.
199 11/04/1929 07:00 Cerro del Carbon, Mexico Corp. Aeronautica de Transportes Mexico City - Juarez Lockheed Vega 5 NC46M 097 4 4 0 The mail plane crashed in dense fog.
200 11/06/1929 Near Godstone, Surrey, England Deutsche Lufthansa Amsterdam - Croyden Junkers G-24 D-903 911 8 7 0 Crashed in heavy rain and fog while attempting to land.
201 11/15/1929 Off Corsica, France Air Union Liore et Olivier 190 F-AIGB 1 3 3 0 Crashed into the Mediterranean in fog.
202 11/30/1929 Vancouver, Washington Varney Air Lines Stearman M-2 Speedmail 1 1 0 The mail plane crashed into a fog bound tower of the interstate bridge spanning the Columbia River.
203 12/02/1929 Chagrin Falls, Ohio National Air Transport Douglas M-3 1 1 0 The mail plane crashed en route during a storm.
204 12/14/1929 Mediterranean Sea Aeropostale Bernard 192 F-AJDA 3 3 0
205 12/19/1929 Near Berlin, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Arado V1 D-1594 3 2 0 Forced landing 40 miles from Berlin.
206 12/30/1929 Amarillo, Texas Trans Continental Air Transport Travel Air B6000 5 5 0 Crashed on approach onto a golf course.
207 01/10/1930 Brawnson, Nebraska Boeing Air Transport Boeing 95 NC184E 1 1 0 The airmail plane crash landed and burst into flames on a farm in fog and snow while attempting to make an emergency landing.
208 01/13/1930 Antananarivo, Madagascar Air Orient Farman 190 F-AJJK 3 3 0
209 01/19/1930 18:23 Oceanside, California Maddux Airlines 7 Aqua Caliente, Mexico - Los Angeles Ford 5-AT-C Tri Motor NC9689 5-AT-046 16 16 0 While 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.
210 01/25/1930 Off Ceuta, Spain Aeropostale Latecoere 25 F-AJCL 2 2 0
211 01/27/1930 17:30 Kansas City, Kansas Central Airlines Wichita - Kansas City, KS Travel Air A6000A 963 5 5 0 While 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.
212 02/03/1930 Hartford, Connecticut Colonial Air Transport Newark, NJ - Hartford, CT Pitcairn PA-6 Mailwing 1 1 0 While attempting to land the plane struck a building and fell into the Connecticut river.
213 02/10/1930 Marden, England Air Union Farman F-63 F-FHMY 2 2 0
214 04/18/1930 c:17:00 Jersey City, New Jersey Canadian Colonial Airways Albany, NY - Jersey City, NJ Fairchild 71 634 4 4 0 Crashed into power lines 150 feet above the ground in fog.
215 05/10/1930 Buenos Aires Aeropostale Latecoere 28 F-AJPD 4 3 0
216 06/05/1930 Boston, Massachusetts Colonial Air Transport Ford Tri-Motor 5 NC9675 5-AT-033 15 1 0 Crashed into Boston Harbor after loosing the right engine on takeoff.
217 07/07/1930 Bornholm, Denmark Deutsche Lufthansa Stettin - Norway Dornier Wal D-864 44 8 5 0 The 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.
218 07/10/1930 Arkansas Pass, Texas Cross Airways Lockheed Vega 5 NC-394H 087 5 5 0 The 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.
219 08/22/1930 Iglau, Czechoslovakia Ceskoslovenske Aerolinie Prague - Brun - Pressburg Ford 5-AT-C Tri Motor OK-FOR 5-AT-050 11 10 0 Crashed while the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing in fog, during a storm.
220 09/11/1930 Croydon, England Sabena Sabca F-VII OO-AIN 2 2 0
221 09/25/1930 Southesk, Saskatchewan, Canada Western Canada Airways Calgary - Moosejaw 3 3 0 The air mail plane crashed in fog while en route.
222 10/05/1930 02:05 Near Beauvais, France Military - British Air Ministry Cardington, England - Karachi, Pakistan Royal Airship Works R-101 G-FAAW R-101 54 48 0 The 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.
223 10/06/1930 09:45 Dresden, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin - Vienna Messerschmitt M-20B D-1930 443 8 8 0 Crashed into hill while attempting to land.
224 10/12/1930 La Rache, Morocco Aeropostale Casablanca - Bahat - Toulouse Latecoere 28 F-AJUU 4 4 0 The french postal plane crashed into mountains.
225 10/28/1930 Prince Rupert, BC, Canada Alaska-Washington Airways Lockheed Vega NC103W 120 3 3 0
226 10/30/1930 Near Neufchatel, France Imperial Airways Paris, France - London, England Handley Page W-8 G-EBIX W8-7 6 3 0 Crashed into high ground in fog after losing an engine. The plane was named 'City of Washington.'
227 10/30/1930 Brookston, Indiana Embry Riddle Company Pitcairn PA-6 Mailwing 1 1 0 After 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.
228 11/07/1930 Off of Santos, Brazil Syndicato Condor Junkers G-24 P-BAHA 921 9 1 0 Crashed into the sea.
229 11/18/1930 c: 2:00 Techachapi Mountains, California PacifiAir Transport Burbank, CA - Oakland, CA Boeing 40 NC5340 3 3 Crashed into a mountainside at an altitude of 4,500 feet during a snowstorm.
230 12/09/1930 Shanghai, China China National Aviation Corporation Shanghai - Hankow Loening C-W Air Yaht 6 4 0 The 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'.
231 01/08/1931 Melle, Belgium Sabena Fokker F-VII OO-AIL 2 2 0
232 01/22/1931 Bluff Mountain, Washington Varney Air Lines Portland - Pasco Boeing 40 NC741K 1 1 0 The mail plane flew into Bluff Mountain in dense fog.
233 02/08/1931 Wairoa, New Zealand Dominion Air Lines Desoutter II ZK-ACA 1 1 0
234 02/20/1931 Bagot, Manitoba, Canada Western Canada Airways Winnigeg - Moosejaw Fokker Universal F-14 3 2 0 The plane carrying mail, crashed into a field, turned over and burst into flames. There was heavy fog in the area of the accident.
235 02/24/1931 Off Spain Aeropostale Latecoere 32 F-AITX 3 1 0
236 03/21/1931 New South Wales, Australia Australian National Airways Avro 10 VH-UMF 241 8 8 0 Wreckage found 10/26/1958.
237 03/31/1931 10:45 Bazaar, Kansas Trans Continental and Western Air 599 Kansas City - Wichita - Los Angeles Fokker F10A Trimotor NC-999 1063 8 8 0 Shortly 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.
238 04/14/1931 Near Letschen, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Messerschmitt M-20 D-1928 442 10 2 0 Fuselage failure. Four were seriously injured and both the pilot and radio operator were killed.
239 05/05/1931 23:30 Burbank, California PacifiAir Transport San Diego - Los Angeles Boeing 40 NC5390 2 2 0 The mail plane crashed into Las Tunas Canyon while attempting to land at Burbank Airport in dense fog.
240 05/22/1931 Wampit, Australia Guiena Airways Junkers W-34 VH-UNR 1 1 0
241 05/24/1931 22:30 Bellefonte, Pennsylvania National Air Transport Boeing 95 NC397E 1 1 0 Crashed into a mountain and burned in poor visibility.
242 06/07/1931 09:00 Near Sandoway, Burma Air Orient Saigon - Karachi Fokker F-VIIB PH-AEO 5096 4 4 0 Crashed 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.
243 06/11/1931 Walbridge, Ohio Rubner Flying Service Lockheed Vega 2 NC857E 064 3 2 0 A wing buckled as the plane was attempting to land and the plane crashed.
244 06/13/1931 Saarbrucken, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Cologne - Saarbrucken Dornier Merkur D-1455 177 4 4 0 After 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.
245 07/12/1931 Chicago, Illinois Braniff Airlines Chicago - Detroit Lockheed Vega NC8497 2 2 0 Engine 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.
246 07/14/1931 Temora, Australia Australian Aerial Services Lasco Lascowl VH-UGF 2 2 0
247 07/21/1931 Centralia, Illinois American Airways Pitcairn PA-6 Mailwing 1 1 0
248 07/24/1931 Kurudjevo, Bulgaria CIDNA Constantinople - Budapest Fokker F-VII 7 7 0 The aircraft caught fire in mid air and crashed.
249 08/09/1931 08:40 Cincinnati, Ohio American Airways Ford 5-AT-C Tri Motor NC9662 5AT-029 6 6 0 Crashed 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.
250 09/14/1931 20:00 Chicago, Illinois Chicago-Detroit Airways Lockheed Vega NC606 1 1 0 Crashed in a severe rainstorm while attempting to land.
251 09/16/1931 04:00 Oakland, California PacifiAir Transport Oakland, CA - Seattle, WA Boeing 40 NC10347 4 4 0 Crashed into San Francisco Bay shortly after taking off from Oakland airport.
252 10/06/1931 Novia Scotia, Canada Deutsche Lufthansa Heinkel HE-2 D-1717 334 3 3 0
253 10/14/1931 Brazil Syndicato Condor Dornier Wal P-BALSA 107 3 3 0
254 11/05/1931 06:48 Camden, New Jersey NY, Phil., Washington AW Newark, NJ - Camden, NJ - Washington DC Lockheed Orion 9 NC12221 178 5 5 0 Crashed onto a golf course and burst into flames after circling the airport twice to land.
255 11/13/1931 Sir Lowry's pass, South Africa Union Airways De Havilland DH.80 3 3 0
256 11/23/1931 Salt Lake City, Utah Boeing Air Transport Boeing 40 NC7465 1 1 0 The mail plane crashed 8 miles west of Salt Lake airport. It is believed the plane overturned while attempting to land in the dark.
257 11/24/1931 Near Tsinan, China China National Aviation Corporation Nanking - Peiking Stinson 3 3 0 Crashed into Chingshan mountain range 10 miles south of Tsinan in fog.
258 11/26/1931 22:30 Pasco, Washington Varney Air Lines Portland, WA - Pasco, WA Boeing 40 NC10338 1 1 0 Crashed in fog while attempting to land.
259 12/05/1931 Kewanee, Illinois Braniff Airways Kansas City - Chicago Lockheed Vega 5 NC433E 049 6 2 0 Crashed 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.
260 12/06/1931 Bangkok, Thailand KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Fokker F-VIIb-3M PH-AFO 5226 7 5 0 Did not gain altitude while taking off. The landing gear hit the top of a dam and the plane crashed.
261 12/09/1931 Off Algiers Aeropostale CAMS 56 F-AIOX 2 2 0
262 12/31/1931 Springfield, Ohio American Airways Port Colombus, OH - Louisville, KY Fairchild Pilgrim 100A 5 4 0 Under 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.
263 01/21/1932 Colvin Park, Ilinois Northwest Airways Rockford - Chicago, IL - Madison, WI Stinson SM-2A 1 1 0 Crashed 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.
264 01/29/1932 Lebec, California Century PacifiLines San Francisco - Bakersfield - Los Angeles, CA Stinson SM-6000B 5034 8 8 0 Crashed into a canyon in mountains during a snowstorm.
265 02/01/1932 Off Miami, Florida Bimini Airways Miami - Bimini Fairchild 5 5 0 Disappeared while en route on a 45 minute flight.
266 02/02/1932 Marcellus, Michigan Transamerican Airlines Chicago - Kalamazoo Stearman C-3MB 1 1 0 Mail plane crashed.
267 02/02/1932 Rio Vista, California Boeing Air Transport Boeing 40 NC7470 2 1 0 Struck an irrigation ditch and caught fire during landing.
268 02/27/1932 Off Setiba, Brazil Aeropostale Latecoere 28 F-AJOX 3 3 0
269 03/08/1932 02:00 Saint Louis, Illinois Century Air Lines Training Stinson SM-6000B 5 2 0 Crashed into a skeleton of an old windmill, 500 yards from the edge of the field while practicing night landings.
270 03/19/1932 Calimesa, California American Airways Phoenix, AZ - Los Angeles, CA Fokker F-10A 1027 7 7 0 Crashed into an orchard after striking power lines in fog.
271 03/21/1932 Steubenville, Ohio Trans Continental and Western Air Columbus - McKeesport Northrop Alpha 1 1 0 The mail plane pilot drowned when his parachute tangled in the fuselage and he was dragged into the Ohio River after his plane crashed.
272 03/29/1932 Syria Air Orient Farman F-190 3 3 0
273 03/31/1932 Bedford, Ohio National Air Transport Boeing 95 NC191E 1 1 0
274 04/21/1932 Fort Wayne, Indiana Transamerica Airlines Stearman C-3MB 1 1 0
275 05/03/1932 Portland, Oregon Varney Air Lines Boeing 40 NC830M 2 2 0
276 05/16/1932 Burbank, California PacifiAir Transport San Diego - Burbank - Oakland Boeing 40 NC5589 3 3 0 Crashed and burned in fog while attempting to land at Burbank Airport. Both pilots and the radio man were killed.
277 07/16/1932 Mount El Plomo, near Vitacura, Chile Panagra Santiago, Chile - Mendosa, Argentina Ford 5-AT-C Tri Motor NC403H 5-AT-062 9 9 0 The 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.
278 08/12/1932 Beyrouth, Lebanon Air Orient CAMS 53 F-AIQY 7 1 0
279 08/30/1932 Tubergen, Germany A B Aerotransport Junkers G-23 SE-AAE 2 2 0
280 09/08/1932 c:09:00 Salt Flats, Texas American Airways El Paso - Dallas Fokker F-10 NC9716 4 3 0 The mail plane struck a mountain and burned encountering poor weather conditions.
281 09/17/1932 Selsdon Park, England Air Union Liore-et-Olivier 213 F-AIFE 2 1 0
282 09/18/1932 Byron Bay, Australia New England Airways De Havilland DH-80 VH-UPM 3 3 0
283 10/12/1932 Port Etienne, Mauritania Aeropostale Latecoere 28 1 1 0
284 10/26/1932 Villa Monte, Bolivia Lloyd Aero Boliviano Ford Tri-motor 5 2 2 0 Former American army flyer Donald Duke was killed when his plane carrying Bolivian army supplies crashed.
285 10/29/1932 Ramsgate, England Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers W-33 2 2 0 The mail plane ditched into the English Channel after encountering 60 mile-an-hour gale force winds.
286 11/02/1932 Echterpfuhl, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Nuremberg - Frankfort Junkers F-13 D-724 696 5 5 0 Crashed into mountainous terrain in the Spessart mountains in fog.
287 11/25/1932 Marianna, Arkansas Hunter Airways Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN Travel Air 6000 2 2 0 Became lost and circled until the plane struck an oak tree and crashed onto a island in the bayou.
288 12/14/1932 Amarillo, Texas Trans Continental and Western Air Ford 5 NC9650 2 2 0 The mail plane crashed in a snowstorm. The pilot died two days later from his injuries.
289 12/14/1932 Rocky Ridge, Colorado Boeing Air Transport Boeing 40 NC842M 1 1 0
290 12/26/1932 Wau, Australia Guinea Airways De Havilland DH-60 VH-UMJ 2 2 0
291 01/10/1933 Algiers Aeropostale CAMS 53 F-AISV 1 1 0
292 01/14/1933 Newark, New Jersey Eastern Air Transport Test flight Curtiss Condor 18 NC185H 2 2 0 Went into a vertical bank and crashed and burned.
293 01/20/1933 Marietta, Georgia American Airways Stearman 4 N490W 1 1 0
294 01/20/1933 02:07 Bourne, Texas American Airways Big Springs - San Antonio Stearman 4 NC11721 1 1 0 The pilot of the mail plane lost his bearings and crashed into the hillside in poor visibility.
295 01/24/1933 Eugene, Oregon PacifiAir Transport Ford 5-AT-D NC431H 5-AT-098 3 1 0 The mail plane crashed while taking off.
296 03/11/1933 Near Mendoza, Argentina Pan American Grace Airways Mendoza, Argentina - Santiago, Chili Fairchild FC-2W NC9723 2 2 0 Crashed and burned.
297 03/25/1933 20:07 Hayward, California Varney Airlines Burbank - San Francisco Lockheed Orion 9 NC12226 184 3 3 11 The 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.
298 03/28/1933 14:30 Near Dixmude, Belgium Imperial Airways Cologne, Germany - Croydon, England Armstrong Whitworth Argosy II G-AACI AW-363 15 15 0 The 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.
299 04/03/1933 Hemkenrode, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers F-13 D-534 2 1 0
300 04/04/1933 12:30 Off Barnegat, New Jersey Military - U.S. Navy Goodyear-Zeppelin U.S.S. Akron (airship) ZRS-4 76 73 0 While 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.
301 04/23/1933 Mt. Terrione, Italy Air Orient Cams 33 F-ALCE 29 6 6 0 Crashed into a mountain.
302 04/29/1933 Traunstein, Germany Eurasia Junkers W-34 D-4 2737 4 4 0 Crashed on a test flight before delivery to Eurasia in China.
303 05/09/1933 Viladrau, Spain Aeropostale - La Tecoere Company Paris - Morroco Latecoere 28-1 F-AJIX 1701 6 6 0 Crashed while landing in fog.
304 06/02/1933 Bowling Green, Virginia Eastern Air Transport Pitcairns PA-6 1 1 0 The mail plane crashed into a ravine.
305 08/29/1933 Quay, New Mexico Trans Continental and Western Air Ford 5-AT-B Tri Motor NC9607 5-AT-005 5 5 0 Crashed during a storm while attempting to make an emergency landing.
306 09/12/1933 Ljubljana, Yugoslavia Aeroput Farman F-306 YU-SAH 8 8 0 Crashed during takeoff on the ground of an insane asylum.
307 10/10/1933 21:00 Chesterton, Indiana United Air Lines Cleveland - Chicago Boeing 247-D NC13304 1685 10 10 0 While 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.
308 10/31/1933 Etobon, France Air France Farman F-301 F-AJMI 2 2 0
309 11/09/1933 22:35 Portland, Oregon United Air Lines Seattle, WA - Dallas, TX Boeing 247 NC13345 9 4 Crashed in a thickly wooded area upon taking off after the pilot became lost in fog.
310 11/10/1933 Moriarty, New Mexico Trans Continental and Western Air Northrop Delta NC12292 1 1 0
311 11/20/1933 Near Tsinan, China China National Aviation Corporation Canton - Shanghi Sinson 8 8 Crashed into the Chingshan mountain range in fog.
312 11/21/1933 15:00 Near Kharkov, Ukraine, USSR Kalinin Test flight Kalinin K-7 20 14 0 Crashed due to structural failure during a test flight.
313 11/24/1933 Wedron, Illinois National Air Transport Boeing 247 NC13324 2 2 0
314 12/11/1933 Hamburg, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin - Hamburg Focke-Wulf A-17 D-1403 47 8 7 0 Crashed after striking an obstacle while landing in poor visibility.
315 12/14/1933 Eshowe, South Africa Union Airways Junkers W-34 ZS-AEB 2735 6 4 0
316 12/30/1933 Near Ruysselede, Belgium Imperial Airways Brussels, Belgium - Croydon, England Avro 10 G-ABLU 528 10 10 0 Crashed into a radio antenna tower and tore off a wing in dense fog.
317 01/15/1934 18:15 Corbigny, France Air France Saigon - Paris Dewoitine D-332 F-AMMY 01 14 14 0 The aircraft crashed while en route in a severe snowstorm. Icing. The aircraft was named 'Emeraude.'
318 01/20/1934 Carombe, France Air France Breguet 280T F-AJKX 2 2 0
319 02/23/1934 02:00 Near Salt Lake City, Utah Boeing Aircraft Company Salt Lake City - Cheyenne Boeing 247 NC13357 1739 8 8 0 Crashed on top of Parley's canyon, 20 miles from Salt Lake City shortly after taking off for Cheyenne.
320 02/26/1934 Rio de Oro, Morocco Air France Latécoère 28 F-AJPA 925 6 1 0
321 03/06/1934 Petersburg, Illinois American Airways St. Louis, MO - Chicago, IL Fairchild Pilgrim 100A NC710Y 6606 4 4 0 Crashed into a snow drift due to icing in a blizzard.
322 03/10/1934 Pereira, Colombia Pan American Airways (Scadta) Quiddo - Cartago Sikorsky S-38 Flying Boat NC-9107 6 5 0 Scadta 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.
323 03/22/1934 Near Lima, Peru Pan American Grace Airlines Ford 5-AT-C Tri-Motor NC407H 5-AT-066 15 3 0 Crashed on take off due to engine failure.
324 04/10/1934 Ningpo Bay, China China National Aviation Corporation Sikorsky S-38BB NV17V 3 3 0
325 05/09/1934 English Channel Air France Dieppe, France - New Haven, England Wibault 282T-12 F-AMPH 8 6 6 0 Crashed into the English Channel and sunk immedately in fog.
326 05/31/1934 05:00 Croydon, England Air France Croydon, England - Paris, France Liore-et-Olivier 213 F-AIVG 2 2 0 The cargo plane struck an aerial mast and crashed into houses while attempting to take off.
327 06/09/1934 Mongaup Mountain, New York American Airways New York - Chicago Curtiss Condor T-32 NC12354 22 7 7 0 Crashed into Last Chance Hill in the Catskill Mountains at an altitude of 2,000 feet in fog and thunderstorms while en route.
328 06/11/1934 Junin, Argentina Panagra Buenos Aires - Santiago Ford 5-AT-C Tri-Motor NC8417 5-AT-055 10 5 0 Crashed into Mar Chiquita Lagoon during a heavy rainstorm.
329 06/22/1934 Chausseehausen, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Dornier Merkur D-1445 176 7 1 0 Weather related.
330 06/23/1934 06:00 Burbank, California Aerevias Centrales Air Service Mexico - Burbank Lockheed Orion XA-BEJ 1 1 0 Crashed while en route to pick up passengers. The plane crashed near a fire station in heavy fog and burst into flames killing the pilot.
331 07/09/1934 San Bernardino, California United Air Services San Bernardion - Los Angeles Lockheed Vega NC32E 4 3 0 Failed to gain altitude and struck a grove of trees while attempting to take off. The plane came to rest in a watermelon patch.
332 07/27/1934 Near Tuttlingen, Germany Swissair Curtiss AT-32C Condor CH-170 53 12 12 0 The aircraft crashed during a violent storm near the Swiss - Germany border. The plane fell from a height of 3,000 feet, bursting into flames.
333 08/05/1934 Bahia, Brazil Air France Latecoere 26 F-AILK 2 2 0
334 08/10/1934 Ningbo, China China National Aviation Corporation Sikorsky S-38B
335 08/31/1934 23:42 Amazonia, Missouri Rapid Air Transport 6 Omaha - St. Joseph Stinson SM-6000B NC10809 5004 5 5 0 The 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.
336 10/03/1934 Near Winton, Australia Qantas de Havilland DH-50A VH-UHE 3 3 0 Crashed after in-flight loss of control, possibly stalled at low altitude in dusty low-visibility conditions
337 10/19/1934 Bass Strait, Australia Holyman Airways Launceston - Melbourne de Havilland DH-86 VH-URN 2301 11 11 0 Crashed en route during the 265 miles sea route.
338 11/02/1934 Kiapit, Australia Holdens Air Transport Service De Havilland DH-61 VH-UHW 4 2 0
339 11/15/1934 Near Longreach, Australia Qantas de Havilland DH-86 VH-USG 2311 4 4 0 Crashed on its delivery flight from England to Brisbane after in-flight loss of control, probably due to the type's design deficiencies.
340 11/15/1934 Near Longreach, NSW, Australia Qantas de Havilland DH-86 VH-USG 2311 4 4 0
341 11/15/1934 00:00 Amazonia, Montana Rapid Air Transport Omaha, NB - Kansas City, MO Stinson SM-6000-B NC10809 2 2 0 The mail plane crashed and burned on a farm.
342 12/07/1934 Salchau, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers F-13 D-OMAS 2008 3 3 0
343 12/08/1934 05:30 Columbia, Missouri Braniff Airlines Kansas City, MO - Chicago, IL Lockheed Vega 5C NC106W 1 1 0 The mail plane crashed to the ground from a low altitude. Icing.
344 12/10/1934 07:30 Palma Soriano, Cuba Cubana de Aviacion Santiago - Havana Ford 4-AT-E Tri-motor NM-7 4-AT-63 8 4 0 Crashed into a mountain while en route.
345 12/20/1934 02:30 Rutbah Wells, Syria KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Amsterdam - Batavia, Java Douglas DC-2-115A PH-AJU 1317 7 7 0 Crashed and burned about half-way between Baghdad and Gaza. The aircraft was named 'Univer' (Dutch word for stork).
346 12/22/1934 02:52 Sunbright, Tennessee American Airlines Louisville, KY - Nashville, TN Lockheed Orion 9D NC12286 1 1 0 Crashed into Big Pilot mountain, 50 feet from the top of the summit, four miles from Sunbright, in poor visibility.
347 01/26/1935 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Trans Continental and Western Air Newark, NJ - Columbus, OH Consolidated Fleetster NC13212 1 1 0 The mail plane crashed and burned soon after taking off in a blinding snowstorm.
348 01/31/1935 Stettin, Germany Deruluft Koenigberg - Berlin Junkers JU-52/3m D-AREN 4051 11 11 0 Crashed full speed into a hill, 450 feet high in rain and fog. Pilot error.
349 03/07/1935 Schievelbein, Germany Deruluft Rochrbach Roland D-AJYP 45 3 0 Fuselage failure.
350 03/15/1935 El Arish, Egypt Misrair Jerusalem - Cairo de Havilland Dragon 1 SU-ABI 6031 6 3 0 After 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.
351 03/29/1935 Off Samland, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers F-13 D-OHIL 5 5 0
352 04/01/1935 Beauvais, France Air France Farman F-300 F-ALHQ 3 1 0 Chief pilot of Air France, Robert Bajac, 36, killed.
353 04/06/1935 Brilon, Germany KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Praha, Czechoslovakia - Amsterdam, Netherlands Fokker F-12 PH-AFL 5242 7 7 0 Crashed after penetrating a thunderstorm.
354 05/01/1935 Near Walsenberg, Colorado Varney Air Lines Lockheed Vega NC891E 1 1 0 Crashed at Rattlesnake Butte after the plane lost engine power. James Montijo, 40, the man who taught Amelia Earhart to fly, killed.
355 05/06/1935 03:30 Atlanta, Missouri Trans Continental and Western Air 6 Los Angeles - Albuquerque - Kanasas City - Washington Douglas DC-2-112 NC13785 1295 14 5 0 The 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.
356 05/18/1935 18:35 Flint, Michigan Knowles Flying Service of Detroit Sightseeing Ford model 4-AT-E WC-7864 4-AT-49 12 3 0 While 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.
357 05/18/1935 00:45 Near Moscow, Russia Gor'ky Eskadril'ya Demonstration Tupolev ANT-20 / I-5 CCCP-I20 50 50 2 Midair 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
358 05/27/1935 Glendo, Wyoming Wyoming Air Service Boeing 221 NC725W 1 1 0
359 05/28/1935 Maywood, Illinois Chicago and Southern Airlines Chicago - St. Louis Stinson SM6000B Tri-motor NC10894 2 2 0 Crashed into the ground on a farm at high speed.
360 05/29/1935 San Barbra, Honduras 9 6 0 Crashed into the Ulua River.
361 06/24/1935 14:36 Medellin, Colombia Servicio Aereo Columbiano / SCADTA Ford Tri-Motor / Ford Tri-Motor C-31 / F-31 5-AT-112/5-AT-006 20 17 0 A 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.
362 07/14/1935 Amsterdam, Netherlands KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Amsterdam - Sweden Fokker F-XXII PH-AQJ 5358 20 6 0 The 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.
363 07/19/1935 14:20 Off Chandeleur Island, Mississippi Wedell-Williams Air Service Corporation New Orleans, LA - Mobile, AL General 102-E NC-492K 2 2 0 The plane deviated from its course and flew 20 miles off shore and crashed. Cause unknown.
364 07/20/1935 Pian Giacomo, Switzerland KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Milan, Italy - Amsterdam Douglas DC-2 PH-AKG 1335 13 13 0 Crashed into a mountain near St. Bernard Pass in Switzerland. Mountains obscured by clouds.
365 08/13/1935 Hangow, China China National Aviation Corporation Sikorsky S-38B NV40V Destoryed in a storm.
366 08/14/1935 23:45 Near Gilmer, Texas Delta Air Lines 4 Dallas - Atlanta Stinson Model A NC14599 9103 4 4 0 Crashed 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.
367 08/15/1935 20:08 Near Glendo, Wyoming Aero Mayflower Transit Co Helena - Denver Waco, model YLC NC14140 3 3 0 The 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.
368 08/15/1935 20:18 Walakpa, near Point Barrow, Alaska Private Lockheed Orion 9E Explorer float plane NR12283 195 2 2 0 Dense 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.
369 09/01/1935 23:00 Burbank, California Western Air Express Burbank, CA - Salt Lake City, UT Boeing 247 NC13314 3 3 0 Lost altitude and hit power lines after developing engine trouble after taking off.
370 10/02/1935 Off Finders Island, Victoria, Australia Holyman Airways de Havilland DH-86 VH-URT 2312 5 5 0
371 10/07/1935 02:19 Near Cheyenne, Wyoming United Air Lines 4 Salt Lake City - Cheyenne Boeing 247D NC13317 1698 12 12 0 While 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.
372 10/09/1935 Gulf of Finland Aero O-Y Junkers F-13 OH-ALI 2033 6 6 0 Crashed into the sea in the fog.
373 10/21/1935 Troy, New York Chamberlin Flying Service Curtiss AT-32C Condor NC725K 6 1 0 The 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.
374 10/30/1935 19:40 Cheyenne, Wyoming United Air Lines Test flight Boeing B-247-D NC13323 1704 4 4 0 Crashed 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.
375 11/02/1935 Off Nhambupe, Brazil Air France Bahia - Aracaju Latécoère 28-1 F-AJIQ 906 4 4 0 The postal plane crashed at Atalaya Beach.
376 11/09/1935 Near Juticalpa, Honduras TACA Ford Tri-Motor 14 14 0
377 11/09/1935 04:40 Near Fort Worth, Texas Braniff Airlines Dallas - Waco Lockheed Vega NC980Y 1 1 0 Plunged to the ground thirty minutes after leaving Fort Worth. Tried to return to Dallas airport due to inclement weather.
378 11/11/1935 Istres, France Air France Latecoere 28 F-AJPB 3 3 0
379 12/04/1935 Tours, France Air Bleu Caudron C-630 Simoun F-ANRK 2 1 0
380 12/10/1935 Croydon, England Sabena Brussels, Belgium - Croydon, England Savoia-Marchetti SM73 OO-AGN 30002 11 11 0 Crashed to the ground after crossing the English Channel in rain and gale force winds.
381 12/24/1935 Breslau, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Heinkel He-70 D-UVOR 915 3 3 0 Pilot error.
382 12/31/1935 17:20 Off Alexandria, Egypt Imperial Airways Mirabella - Alexandria Short Calcutta G-AASJ S-752 13 12 0 The aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed off Alexandria. The plane was named 'The City of Khartoum.'
383 01/14/1936 19:32 Goodwin, Arkansas American Airlines 1 Newark, NJ - Fort Worth, TX Douglas DC-2-120 NC14274 1307 17 17 0 Flew 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.
384 01/17/1936 Near Cordillera, Boliva Lloyd Aereo Boliviano Cochabamba - La Paz Junkers JU-52 4018 13 13 0 Crashed in the Tapacari swamps, 23 miles from Chochabanba.
385 01/21/1936 Off Ajaccio, Corsica, France Air France Marseille - Tunis CAMS 53 F-AJIR 19 6 6 0 Vanished off the coast of Corsica after sending a distress call that the engine had failed.
386 01/29/1936 Denton, Texas American Airlines Chicago, IL - Oklahoma City, OK Vultee V-1 NC13767 05 6 1 0 Crashed into a clump of trees while attempting a landing in a snowstorm.
387 02/15/1936 South AtlantiOcean Deutsche Lufthansa Natal, Brazil - Bathhurst, Gambia Dormier Do-J-Iif Bos Wal D-ADYS 229 4 4 0 The mail plane disappeared while en route.
388 03/05/1936 Near Tengya, China China National Aviation Corporation Ford 5-AT-D Tri-Motor 6 0 0 Crash landed in mountains during a snowstorm.
389 03/26/1936 Amemeca, Mexico Compania de Mexico Mexico - Guatemala Ford 5-AT-B Tri Motor X-ABCO 5-AT-115 14 14 0 Crashed into mountains and caught fire. The plane was carrying mainly German tourists.
390 04/01/1936 19:10 Pavillon, New York American Airlines Newwark, N.J. - Buffalo, NY Stinson Model A NC15152 2 2 0 The mail plane explosion in mid-air before crashing to the ground in a snowstorm.
391 04/07/1936 10:20 Uniontown, Pennsylvania Trans Continental and Western Air 1 Newark - Los Angeles Douglas DC-2-112 NC13721 1247 15 13 0 Crashed 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.
392 04/11/1936 05:20 Port of Spain, Trinidad Pan American Airways Miami - Rio de Janeiro Sikorsky S-42A NC1537 25 3 0 Crashed 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.
393 04/15/1936 Near Turin, Italy Avio Linee Italiane Turin - Milan OFM F-VIIb/3m I-AAXZ 359 7 7 0 Crashed on the slopes of Mount Basso, 20 miles from Turin.
394 04/17/1936 Switzerland Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52 D-ASOR 5 3 0
395 04/21/1936 Senlis, France Sabena Fokker F-VII OO-AIF 2 2 0
396 04/30/1936 Basel, Switzerland Swissair General Aviation GA-43 HB-ITU 2 2 0
397 05/16/1936 Mount Waverley, Australia Holyman Airways De Havilland DH-60 VH-UII 2 2 0
398 06/09/1936 Malmo, Sweden A B Aerotransport Malmo - Amsterdam Fokker F-XXII SE-ABA 15 1 0 All 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.
399 06/13/1936 Hannover, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-160 D-UPYM 4211 6 1 0 Engine failure.
400 06/16/1936 Mt. Lihesten, Norway Den Norske Luftfartskole Bergen - Trondheim Junkers JU-52/3m LN-DAE 4077 7 7 0 Crashed into the side of a mountain in fog.
401 07/31/1936 Off Channel Islands, Jersey Guernsey Airways Guernsey - Jersey Saro Cloud G-ABXW A-19/4 7 7 0 Crashed into the sea.
402 08/02/1936 06:00 Mazamet, France Air France Wibault 280 3 3 0 The mail plane crashed into mountains 50 miles from Toulouse in fog.
403 08/03/1936 Mexico Mexicana Lockheed Orion XA-BAY 1 1 0
404 08/05/1936 22:00 St. Louis, Missouri Chicago Southern Airlines 4 New Orleans - Chicago Lockheed 10B Electra NC16022 8 8 0 Crashed 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.
405 08/06/1936 Choco, Colombia SCADTA Junkers F-13 C-40 2 2 0
406 08/12/1936 Altenkirchen, Germany British Airways De Havilland DH-86 G-ADEB 2 2 0
407 08/22/1936 Mirabella, Greece Imperial Airways Short Kent G-ABFA 11 2 0
408 09/25/1936 English Channel Imperial Airways Boulton and Paul P-71 G-ACOX 2 2 0
409 09/28/1936 Walsenberg, Colorado Varney Air Lines El Paso, TX - Pueblo, CO Lockheed Vega NC176W 3 3 0 Crashed in a snowstorm after the pilot cut the motor and the plane crashed into a hill.
410 09/29/1936 Napierville, Illinois Blue Bird Air Service Lockheed Vega 5C NC959Y 170 4 4 0 A half-hour after taking off, the engine failed and the plane crashed into a fence and burst into flames while making a forced landing.
411 10/06/1936 Mexico Mexicana Lockheed Orion XA-BDH 1 1 0
412 10/09/1936 North Sea Aerial and General Transport Blackburn B-2 G-ABWI 1 1 0
413 11/01/1936 Near Tabarz, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Frankfurt - Erfurt Junkers JU-52 D-APOO 5506 15 11 0 Caught fire as the airliner struck the side of a hill.
414 11/06/1936 Near Moscow Deruluft Antonov AN-9 CCCP-D311 9 9 0 Pilot error.
415 11/17/1936 Nurnberg, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52/3m D-ASUI 5498 16 4 0 Pilot error.
416 11/19/1936 London, England British Airways Fokker F-XII G-AEOT 4 2 0
417 12/04/1936 Near Grenoble, France Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52/3m D-ASIH 5078 6 6 0 Crashed into the French Alps in high winds.
418 12/07/1936 10:47 Off Dakar, French West Africa Air France Latécoère 300 F-AKGF 1 5 5 0 Aviator 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.
419 12/09/1936 10:30 Croydon, England KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Croydon - Amsterdam Douglas DC-2-115E PH-AKL 1358 17 15 0 The 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.
420 12/15/1936 03:14 Near Salt Lake City, Utah Western Air Express 6 Burbank - Las Vegas - Salt Lake City Boeing 247D NC13370 1957 7 7 0 Crashed 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.
421 12/18/1936 03:20 Kellogg, Idaho Northwest Orient Airlines Lockheed 10 Electra NC14935 2 2 0 The mail plane crashed into Early Creek Ridge, 15 miles south of Kellogg, in a blizzard.
422 12/19/1936 20:47 Near Milford, Pennsylvania Eastern Air Lines 14 Miami, FL - Charleston, SC - Newark, NJ Douglas DC-2-112 NC13732 1258 14 14 0 Crashed 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.
423 12/23/1936 Near Dallas, Texas Braniff Airways Test flight Lockheed 10 Electra NC14905 1018 6 6 0 After an attempted go-around the right engine failed and the plane crashed and burst into flames into a corn field..
424 12/26/1936 Nanking, China China National Aviation Corporation Douglas DC-2 NC14269
425 12/27/1936 19:38 Newhall, California United Air Lines 34 Oakland - San Francisco - Los Angeles Boeing 247-D NC13355 1737 12 12 0 While 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.
426 01/12/1937 11:07 Near Newhall, California Western Air Express 7 Salt Lake City - Burbank Boeing 247B NC13315 1696 13 5 0 The 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.
427 01/26/1937 Oran, Algeria Sabena Belgian Congo - Brussels Sabca S-73 OO-AGR 12 12 0 The mail plane crashed while en route.
428 02/09/1937 20:50 Off San Francisco, California United Air Lines 23 Los Angeles - San Francisco - Oakland Douglas DC-3A NC16073 1913 11 11 0 The 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.
429 02/19/1937 13:40 McPherson Ranges, Queensland, Australia Airlines of Australia Brisbane - Sidney Stinson Model A VH-UHH 1926 7 5 0
430 03/12/1937 Bathurst, Gambia Deutsche Lufthansa Las Palmas, Canary Islands - Bathhurst, Gambia Heinkel He-111V2 D-ALIX 715 4 4 0 The German mail plane crashed into a swamp.
431 03/24/1937 Near Ouroux, France Imperial Airways Southhampton, England - Alexandria, Egypt Short S-23 (flying boat) G-ADVA S-818 6 5 0 Crashed into a mountainside in a snowstorm.
432 03/25/1937 18:40 Clifton, Pennsylvania Trans Continental and Western Air 15A Newark - Camden - Pittsburg Douglas DC-2-112 NC13730 1256 13 13 0 Crashed while attempting to land. Heavy icing which rendered the plane uncontrollable.
433 03/26/1937 Wetnum, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52/3m D-UPOZ 4207 6 2 0 Engine failure.
434 05/06/1937 19:25 Lakehurst, New Jersey Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei LZ 129 Frankfurt - Lakehurst N.J. Zeppelin LZ-129 D-LZ-129 D-LZ129 97 35 1 The 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.
435 05/20/1937 Stuttgart, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Heinkel He-70 D-UXUV 916 4 4 0 Crashed on takeoff.
436 07/02/1937 Off Lae, New Guinea Private - Purdue Reasearch Foundation Lae - Howland Island Lockheed 10E Electra NR16020 1055 2 2 0 The 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.
437 07/28/1937 Hal, Belgium KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Amsterdam - Paris Douglas DC-2-115L PH-ALF 1585 15 15 0 The aircraft crashed into a potato field after possibly being struck by lightning and after an in-flight fire.
438 08/02/1937 Wadi Halfa, Sudan Ala Littoria Rome, Italy - Kartoum Savoia-Marchetti SM73 I-SUSA 30014 9 9 0 Crashed into a building on takeoff.
439 08/03/1937 Off Cristobal, Panama Pan American Grace Airways Santiago, Chili - Cristobal, Panama Sikorsky S-43 NC15065 4305 14 14 0 The 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.
440 08/08/1937 10:50 Chilang Point, Bias Bay, China China National Aviation Corporation Canton - Shanghi Sikorsky S-43 11 3 0 Forced 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.
441 08/10/1937 04:40 Daytona Beach, Florida Eastern Air Lines 7 Chicago - Daytona Douglas DC-2 NC-13739 1289 9 4 0 The 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.
442 08/23/1937 San Luis, Argentina Pan American Grace Airways Mendosa - Cordoba Douglas DC-2 NC14298 3 3 0 Crashed and burned in dense fog while enroute.
443 08/27/1937 Wau, Australia Guinea Airways Stinson SR-7 Reliant VH-URC 2 1 0
444 03/23/1938 Corsavy, France Air France Dewoitine D-338 F-AQBB 02 8 8 0 The mail plane crashed into the Pyrenees mountains while en route.
445 10/01/1937 Phaleron Bay, Greece Imperial Airways Alexandria, Egypt - Athens, Greece Short Empire Flying Boat G-ADVC 14 2 0 Crashed as it landed in Phaleron Bay. Two passengers drowned. Poor visibility was blamed for the accident.
446 10/06/1937 Palembang, Netherlands Indies KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Douglas DC-3 PH-ALS 5 4 0 Bronislaw Hubermann, celibrated Polish violinist was sightly injured.
447 10/17/1937 21:00 Haydens Peak, Wyoming United Air Lines 1 Cheyenne - Salt Lake City Douglas DC-3 NC16074 1914 19 19 0 The 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.
448 11/12/1937 Mannheim, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin - Mannheim Heinkel He-111 D-AXAV 1830 12 10 0 Hit the ground prematurely while attempting to land.
449 11/16/1937 Ostende, Belgium Sabena Cologne - Brussels - London Junkers JU-52/3m OO-AUB 5827 11 11 0
450 11/26/1937 Croydon, London Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52 D-AGAV 3 3 0
451 12/05/1937 09:00 Brindisi Harbor, Italy Imperial Airways India - London Short Empire Flying Boat G-ADUZ 19 2 0 The flying boat crashed while attempting to take off. The aircraft was named Cygnus.
452 12/08/1937 Saint Sauveur, France Air France Potez 621 F-AOTZ 4213 7 2 0 Crashed in poor weather conditions.
453 12/24/1937 17:30 Kasperske Hory, Czechoslovakia Air France Bucharest - Vienna - Prague - Paris Wibault 283-T12 F-AMYD 11 3 3 0 The 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.
454 01/04/1938 Frankfurt, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Milan, Italy - Frankfurt, Germany Junkers JU-52/3m D-ABUR 5777 6 6 0 Icing on the wing caused the plane to crash close to the plane's destination.
455 01/10/1938 15:07 Bozeman, Montana Northwest Orient Airlines 2 Seattle - Billings - Chicago Lockheed 14H Super Electra NC-17388 1407 10 10 0 The 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.
456 01/11/1938 19:40 Pago Pago, U.S. Samoa Pan American World Airways 1 Honolulu - Pago Pago - Auckland Sikorsky S-42 (flying boat) NC16734 4207 7 7 0 The 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.
457 01/12/1938 North Pine, Ontario, Canada General Airways Sioux Lookout - Hudson Stinson Reliant CF-BEI 1 1 0 Crashed in rugged terrain while en route.
458 02/02/1938 20:40 Off San Clemente Island, California Military - U.S. Navy / Military - U.S. Navy Consolidated PBY-2 / Consolidated PBY-2 04062 / 0463 14 11 0 The two aircraft crashed in mid-air in heavy rain and darkness and crashed into the sea.
459 02/05/1938 Kandalaksha, Russia TsAGI Moscow - Murmansk V6 (airship) CCCP-V6 19 13 0 The 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.
460 02/09/1938 Marseille, France Air France Marseille, France - Ajaccio, Corsica Lioré-et-Olivier H-242 F-ANPB 05 12 8 0 The flying boat struck the breakwater at 60 miles an hour and burst into flames while attempting to take off.
461 02/09/1938 Guadalupe, Mexico Mexicana Test flight Lockheed 10 Electra XA-BAS 2 2 0 Crashed on a second test flight.
462 02/22/1938 Pontoise, France Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin, Germany - Paris, France Junkers JU.52 D-APAR 3 3 0 Crashed in fog within a few miles of it's destination near Bourget Airport.
463 03/01/1938 21:30 Near Wawona, Cailifornia Trans Continental and Western Air 8 San Francisco - Burbank Douglas DC-2-112 NC13789 1299 9 9 0 Crashed 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.
464 03/07/1938 Datia, India Air France Hanoi, Vietnam - Paris, France Potez 621 F-ANQR 4031/12 7 7 0 Crashed and burst into flames shortly after taking off from Dum Dum.
465 03/08/1938 Somerton, Australia Australian National Airways De Havilland DH-60 VH-UNU 1 1 0
466 04/12/1938 Near Formia, Italy Ala Littoria Junkers JU-52 I-BAUS 4063 19 19 0 Crashed into mountains.
467 05/05/1938 Balbuena, Mexico Lineas Aéreas Mineras Mexico City - Juarez Lockheed Vega 5B XA-BFR 124 6 1 0 Crashed en route
468 05/10/1938 Mangere, New Zealand United Airways of New Zealand Lockheed 10 Electra ZK-AFC 2 2 0
469 05/16/1938 02:07 Near Saugus, California Northwest Orient Airlines Burbank,- St. Paul Lockheed 14-H2 Super Electra NC17394 1439 9 9 0 Struck 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.
470 05/22/1938 13:40 Sao Paulo, Brazil Cruzeiro do Sul Junkers JU-52/3m PP-CBC 5453 17 2 0 The mail plane crashed while taking off.
471 05/24/1938 22:17 Cleveland, Ohio United Air Lines 9 Newark - Cleveland - Chicago Douglas DST-A-207A NC18108 1956 10 10 0 An 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.
472 05/27/1938 Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Heinkel 116 D-ATIO 3 3 0
473 05/27/1938 Alberno Canal, BC, Canada Ginger Coote Airways Fairchild 51 CF-AUX 1 1 0
474 06/08/1938 Tanganyika Wilson Airways De Havilland DH-85 VP-KBE 3 3 0
475 06/19/1938 Mount Mercedario, Chile Pan American Grace Airways Douglas DC-2 NC14272 4 4 0 An 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.
476 07/08/1938 02:56 Billings, Montana Northwest Orient Airlines 4 Seattle - Chicago Lockheed 14 Super Electra NC17383 10 10 0 While 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.
477 07/14/1938 Off Sardinia, Italy Ala Littoria Cagliari - Rome Savoia Marchetti S-66 I-VOLO 15013 20 20 0 The flying boat crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea after the collapse of a wing.
478 07/22/1938 Stulpica, Romania LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw, Poland - Bucharest, Romania Lockheed 14H Super Electra SP-BNG 1432 14 14 0 Crashed after being struck by lightning.
479 07/24/1938 13:00 Near Bogota Colombia Military - Colombian Army Curtiss-Wright Hawk 1 1 52 One 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.
480 07/27/1938 Kisumu, Kenya Imperial Airways Kisumu - Alexandria Armstrong-Withworth Atlanta G-ABTG AW-785 4 4 0 Flew into a hillside soon after takeoff from Kisumu. The ship was named 'Amalthea.'
481 07/29/1938 04:11 PacifiOcean between Manila and Guam Pan American World Airways 229 Alameda - Manila Martin M-130 (flying boat) NC14714 556 15 15 0 The 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.'
482 08/10/1938 Shishijima, Japan Dai Nippon Douglas DF-151 J-ANES 6 6 0
483 08/10/1938 Debrecen, Hungary Ford Tri-motor 12 12 0 The plane was carrying Hungarian journalists.
484 08/13/1938 Kiel, Germany CSA Czech Airlines Prague - Paris, France Savoia-Marchetti SM73 OK-BAG 17 16 0 Crashed into the Black Forest mountains in poor weather conditions. One stewardess survived.
485 08/15/1938 Guanabara, Brazil Syndicato Condor Guanabara - Victoria Junkers JU-52/3m PP-CAT 4024 9 9 0 Flew into a mountain wave after taking off, went into a dive and crashed into Guanabara Bay.
486 08/18/1938 Bucharest, Romania LOT Polish Airlines Lockheed 14 Electra SP-BNJ 1424 7 7 0 Caught fire after a ground looping.
487 08/18/1938 Montnago, Italy Macchi Sightseeing Macchi C-94 I-NILO 94001 13 13 0 The sea plane crashed shortly after taking off.
488 08/24/1938 08:00 Wangmoon, China China National Aviation Corporation Hong Kong - Chungking Douglas DC-2 32 1369 17 14 0 While en route from Hong Kong to Chungking, the aircraft was shot down by Japanese military fighters. The aircraft was named Kweilin.
489 08/29/1938 Innisfail, Australia North Queensland Airways De Havilland DH-84 VH-UXK 9 5 0 Crashed into a cane field while attempting to land when the pilot swerved to avoid a tractor.
490 10/01/1938 Off Bathurst, Gambia Deutsche Lufthansa Dornier DO.18 4 4 0
491 10/01/1938 Grisons, Switzerland Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52/3m D-AVFB 5928 13 13 0 Missing. One postal bag found in a glacier.
492 10/10/1938 Soest, Germany Sabena Brussells - Berlin Savbia-Marchetti S-73P OO-AGT 20 20 0 The aircraft broke-up in midair and crashed to the ground.Airport.
493 10/25/1938 Mt. Dandenong, Australia Australian National Airways Adelaide - Melbourne Douglas DC-2-112 VH-UYC 1566 18 18 0 Crashed into Mt. Daodenong while en route
494 11/02/1938 Somerset, England British Airways Lockheed 14 Electra CF-TCL 2 2 0
495 11/04/1938 10:50 Channel Islands, Jersey Jersey Airways Channel Islands - Southhampton de Havilland DH-86 G-ACZN 2316 14 14 1 Caught fire and crashed into a field two minutes after taking off. A farm worker was crushed to death when the wreckage landed on him.
496 11/14/1938 18:41 Schiphol, Amsterdam KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Berlin-Amsterdam Douglas DC-3 PH-ARY 2021 19 6 0 The aircraft flew into the ground during approach in poor visibility. The first officer was commander of the military flying school Soesterberg.
497 11/18/1938 00:51 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Trans Canada Air Lines Winnipeg - Regina - Vancouver Lockheed 14 Electra CF-TCL 2 2 0 The mail plane crashed several minutes after taking off from Regina
498 11/26/1938 Bathurst, Gambia Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU90V2 D-AIVI 4914 15 11 0 During takeoff the aircraft hit a palm tree and burst into flames due to engine failure.
499 11/27/1938 Bagdad, Iraq Imperial Airways Short Empire Flying Boat G-AETW 6 4 0 The flying boat crashed on Lake Ramadi.
500 11/29/1938 05:30 Off Point Reyes, California United Air Lines 6 Medford - Oakland Douglas DC 3-A-SB-3-G-14 NC16066 1907 7 7 0 The 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.
501 12/08/1938 Off Kubashima, Japan Japan Aviation Corporation Nakajima DC-2 12 10 0 Crashed into the sea near Okinawa due to engine failure.
502 12/09/1938 Amsterdam, Netherlands KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Instructional Flight Lockheed 14-WF62 Super Electra PH-APE 1413 4 4 0 Struck a dyke near Schiphol Airport and caught fire while taking off.
503 12/12/1938 Darwin, Australia Qantas Short S23 ‘C’ Class flying boat G-AEUH 13 13 0 Shot down by Japanese aircraft. Owned by Imperial Airways and operated by Qanta
504 01/07/1939 Paris, France Swissair Zurich - Geneva - Paris Douglas DC-2-115B HB-ITA 1329 9 5 0 The aircraft crashed while attempting to land.
505 01/13/1939 21:15 Miles City, Montana Northwest Orient Airlines 1 Chicago - Seattle Lockheed 14-H Super Electra NC17389 1408 4 4 0 The 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.
506 01/13/1939 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Syndicato Condor Junkers JU-52/3m PP-CAY 4042 9 9 0 The seaplane crashed in flames in mountains northeast of Rio de Janeiro.
507 01/18/1939 Katherine, Australia Guinea Airways Katherine - Adelaide Lockheed 14 Electra VH-ABI 4 4 0 Crashed into the Katherine River during a storm.
508 01/21/1939 12:30 AtlantiOcean between N.Y. and Bermuda Imperial Airways New York City - Bermuda Short S-23 (flying boat) G-ADUU S-812 13 3 0 While 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.
509 02/24/1939 Mediterranean Sea Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52/3m D-ALUS 10 10 0 Crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.
510 03/14/1939 Haren, Belgium Sabena Junkers JU-52 OO-AUA 3 3 0
511 03/16/1939 Manzanares, Colombia Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-86 8 8 0
512 03/18/1939 Near Adler, Washington Boeing Aircraft Company - Test flight Boeing 307 Stratoliner NX19901 1994 10 10 0 The 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.
513 08/09/1940 Hannover, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Douglas DC-2-115H D-AIAV 1366 13 2 0 Pilot error.
514 06/03/1941 17:00 AtlantiOcean Great Western and Southern Air Lines de Havilland DH-84 Dragon G-ACPY 6076 6 6 0 Shot down by a He-111 German military aircraft.
515 03/26/1939 14:48 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Braniff Airlines 1 Chicago - Dallas Douglas DC-2-112 NC13727 1253 12 8 0 An 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.
516 04/03/1939 Near Marrakech, Morocco Air France Caudron C.635 Simoun F-AOOT 7372 9 9 0 Crashed into a mountain.
517 05/01/1939 Mocambique Imperial Airways Short Empire Flying Boat G-ADVD 6 2 0
518 05/02/1939 Near Marrakech, Morocco Air France Casablanca, Morocco - Dakar, Senegal Dewoitine D-338 F-ARIC 25 9 9 0 Crashed due to icing.
519 05/08/1939 12:00 Guayaquil, Ecuador Military - Ecuadorian Air Force Curtiss-Wright C-14 Osprey 1 1 22 While performing aerobatics, the aircraft lost control and crashed into numerous building near a college.
520 06/10/1939 Vlissingen, The Netherlands KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Koolhoven FK.43 PH-AJK 3 3 0
521 07/20/1939 Konstanz, Switzerland Swissair Vienna, Austria - Zurich, Switzerland Junkers JU86 Z-2 HB-IXA 086/0951 6 6 0 The aircraft crashed after an engine fire.
522 08/04/1939 Barcelona, Spain Deutsche Lufthansa Toulouse, France - Casablanca, Morocco Junkers JU-52/3m D-AUJG 5942 7 7 0 Crashed in the Llaveria mountains in heavy fog and caught fire. The plane hit the highest peak of the mountains.
523 08/13/1939 16:35 Rio de Janerio, Brazil Pan American World Airways Miami - Rio de Janerio Sikorsky S43 (flying boat) NC16933 16 14 0 The 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.
524 08/15/1939 Off Copenhagen, Denmark British Airways London - Hamburg - Copenhagen Lockheed 10 Electra G-ASEY 6 5 0 Crashed into the sea after a fire aboard.
525 08/28/1939 Lahore, India Indian National Airways De Havilland D-84 VT-AEL 2 2 0
526 08/30/1939 Hannover, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin - Hanover - Cologne - London Junkers JU-52/3m D-AFOP 5800 7 7 0 The 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.
527 09/26/1939 North Sea KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Stockholm - Amsterdam Douglas DC-3 PH-ASM 2142 1 0 One Swedish passenger was killed when the plane was attacked by German fighters. The plane was able to land safely in Amsterdam.
528 11/20/1939 Gosport, England British Airways Airspeed Oxford G-AFFM 2 2
529 12/18/1939 South of Gibraltar Iberia Airlines Alcante - Morocco Junkers JU-52 M-CABA 5854 10 10 0 Shot down by British anti-aircraft fire. Crashed 6 miles south of Europa Point.
530 12/21/1939 Off Malta-Luqa Imperial Airways Egypt - England Lockheed 14 Super Electra G-AFYU 1444 11 5 0 Crashed into the sea.
531 12/24/1939 Mogador, Morocco Linee Aeree Italiane Rome - Rio de Janerio Savoia-Marchetti SM83 I-ARPA 34017 7 7 0 Crashed in a storm while attempting to make a forced landing.
532 01/15/1940 Denpasar, Indonesia KNILM Lockheed 14 Super Electra PK-AFO 1415 9 8 0
533 03/01/1940 Gulf of Oman Imperial Airways Jask to Sharjah Handley Page HP-42 G-AAGX HP42/1 8 8 0 Crashed in the Persian Gulf while en route with out a trace. The aircraft was named 'Hannibal.'
534 04/22/1940 Near Loch Lomond, Scotland British Overseas Airways Perth, Scotland - London, England Lockheed 14 Super Electra G-AFKD 1484 3 3 0
535 06/02/1940 El Segundo, California Douglas Aircraft Company Test flight Douglas DC-3 5 5 0 Crashed and burned during a government test flight
536 06/14/1940 14:00 Off Prangli Island, Gulf of Finland, Estonia Aero O-Y Tallinn, Estonia - Helsinki, Finland Junkers JU-52/3mge OH-ALL 5494 9 9 0 The 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.
537 06/20/1940 Near Ouistreham, France Air France Dewoitine D-338 F-ARTD 22 1 1 0 Inadvertently shot down by French anti-aircraft fire.
538 07/07/1940 Gulf of Tonkin Air France Dewoitine D-338 F-AQBA 1 Shot down by a Japanese military fighter.
539 08/13/1940 10:15 Near Canberra, Australia Military - Royal Australian Air Force Melbourne - Canberra Lockheed Hudson A16-97 10 10 0 The 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.
540 08/23/1940 Cluj, Romania LARES Douglas DC-3 YR-PAF 1986 18 14 0 Crashed into a mountainous area during a hail storm.
541 08/31/1940 14:41 Near Lovettsville, Virginia Pennsylvania Central Airlines 19 Washington D.C. - Detroit Douglas DC-3 NC21789 2188 25 25 0 The 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.
542 10/29/1940 Near Changyi, China China National Aviation Corporation Chungking - Kunming Douglas DC-2 NC14297 1369 14 9 0 Shot 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.
543 10/29/1940 Berlin, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Douglas DC-3 D-AAIH 1973 15 2 0 Weather related.
544 11/04/1940 04:42 Near Centerville, Utah United Air Lines 16 Oakland - Salt Lake City Douglas DC-3 NC16086 1925 10 10 0 The 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.
545 11/08/1940 Brauna, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-90 D-AVMF 10 29 29 0 Icing.
546 11/09/1940 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio de Janeiro - Sao Paulo 18 18 0 Midair collisioin with a private plane.
547 11/27/1940 Mediterranean Sea Air France Farman F-224 F-AROA 2 6 6 0 Shot down by Italian aircraft.
548 12/04/1940 17:48 Chicago, Illinois United Air Lines 21 New York City - Chicago Douglas DC-3A NC25678 2175 16 10 0 The 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.
549 01/15/1941 Off South Africa LATI Savoia-Marchetti SM-75 I-BAYR 32013 10 10 0
550 01/18/1941 Near Nagy-Varad, Hungary Malert Airlines Junkers JU-52/3m HA-JUA 5523 12 12 0
551 01/20/1941 Near Kian, China China National Aviation Corporation Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor 6 5 0 Crashed into mountains during a thunderstorm
552 01/23/1941 04:13 Near Robertson, Missouri Trans Continental and Western Air 6 Kansas City, MO - New York Douglas DC-3-3 NC17315 1930 13 2 0 Shortly 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.
553 02/06/1941 02:00 Armstrong, ON, Canada Trans Canada Air Lines Lockheed 14-H2 Super Electra CF-TCP 1501 12 12 0 The 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.
554 02/26/1941 11:50 Atlanta, Georgia Eastern Air Lines 21 New York City - Washington D.C. - Atlanta - Brownsville Douglas DC-3 NC28394 3204 16 9 0 The 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.
555 03/01/1941 Trontheim, Norway Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52/3m D-AQUB 5751 12 3 0 The seaplane crashed while attemping to land.
556 03/28/1941 Elands Bay, South Africa South African Airways Lockheed 18 Lodestar ZS-AST 2034 10 10 0 Crashed into a mountain.
557 06/19/1941 Bucharest, Romania LARES Bucharest , Romania- Sofia, Bulgaria Douglas DC-3 YR-PIF 1985 15 15 0 Crashed during takeoff.
558 06/21/1941 Sea of Japan Manchurian Air Lines Mitsubishi MC-20 M-604 18 18 0
559 08/10/1941 20:35 Arran, Scotland Military -Royal Air Force Consolidated LB-30A Liberator AM261 22 22 0 Crashed into a mountain ridge in rain, low visibility and overcast conditions. Navigational error.
560 08/14/1941 20:40 Ayr, Scotland Military - Royal Air Force Consolidated LB-30A Liberator AM260 22 22 0 Crashed and burned on takeoff at Heathfield airfield, after veered off the runway and striking a small building and then an embankment.
561 08/18/1941 Near Sao Paulo, Brazil Panair do Brasil Porto Alegre - Rio de Janera Lockheed 18 LodeStar PP-PBD 2083 12 8 0 Crashed in a mountain range while enroute.
562 09/01/1941 Bollemont, France Air France Bloch 220 F-AQNL 12 17 13 0 The aircraft crashed into lake Bolomon after engine failure during takeoff.
563 09/01/1941 Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland British Overseas Airways Consolidated 32-2 Liberator I AM-915 10 10 0 Crashed into a hillside.
564 10/03/1941 17:48 San Juan, Puerto Rico Pan American World Airways 203 Miami - Buenos Aires Sikorsky S-42B (flying boat) NC15376 4206 15 2 0 Following 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.
565 10/28/1941 Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-53/3m D-AUXZ 7172 13 13 0
566 10/30/1941 02:04 Near Moorhead, Minnesota Northwest Orient Airlines 5 Minneapolis - Fargo Douglas DC-3 NC21712 2124 15 14 0 Crashed 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.
567 10/30/1941 22:10 St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada American Airlines 1 New York - Buffalo - Chicago - Detroit Douglas DC-3 NC25663 2207 20 20 0 The 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.
568 12/11/1941 Miami, Florida Pan American Airways NC21V 3 3 0
569 01/16/1942 19:23 Near Las Vegas, Nevada Trans Continental and Western Air 3 Las Vegas - Los Angeles Douglas DC-3 NC1946 3295 22 22 0 The 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.
570 01/20/1942 Manado, Indonesia Military - Royal Australian Air Force Lockheed Hudson A16-79 11 11 0
571 01/24/1942 Near Samarinda, Borneo KNILM Douglas DC-3 PK-AFW 1982 Shot down by Japanese military aircraft.
572 01/26/1942 Kupang, Timor KNILM Grumman G-21 Goose PK-AFS 1081 Shot down by Japanese military aircraft.
573 01/30/1942 Near Kupang, Timor Qantas Short S-23 (flying boat) G-AEUH S-850 18 13 0 Shot down by Japanese military aircraft. Owned by British Overseas Airways.
574 02/14/1942 China National Aviation Corporation Douglas DC-2 45
575 02/15/1942 English Channel, near Plymouth, England British Overseas Airways Consolidated Liberator G-AGDR 9 9 9 0 Shot down in error.
576 02/20/1942 Off Belmont, Brisbane, Australia Qantas deHavilland DH-86 VH-USE 2309 9 9 0 Crashed shortly after takeoff after losing control in low clouds.
577 02/28/1942 Indian Ocean British Overseas Airways Short S-23 (flying boat) G-AETZ S-842 20 20 0 Shot down by Japanese military aircraft.
578 03/03/1942 Off Broome, Australia Military - U.S. Army Air Force Consolidated B-24 Liberator 40-2370 33 19 0
579 03/03/1942 Wyndham, Australia KNILM Douglas DC-3 PK-AFV 1965 12 8 0 Shot down by Japanese military aircraft.
580 08/27/1943 North Sea Aktiebolaget Aerotransport Douglas DC-3 SE-BAF 2133 7 7 0 Shot down by German military aircraft.
581 03/14/1942 22:15 Kunming, China China National Aviation Corporation Douglas DC-2-221 31 1567 17 13 0 Crashed 2 km from the Kunming Airdome shortly after takeoff. Possible causes include engine failure, overloading, sabotage and temporary blinding by a bright light.
582 04/21/1942 21:27 Pine Creek, Australia Guinea Airways Limited Brisbane - Bachelor Field Lockheed 14 Electra VH-ADY 12 12 0
583 05/01/1942 23:00 Salt Lake City, Utah United Air Lines 4 San Francisco - New York City Douglas DST-A-207A NC18146 1978 17 17 0 After 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.
584 05/12/1942 11:51 Miles City, Montana Northwest Orient Airlines 1 Chicago - Seattle Douglas DC-3-A-269 NC 21714 2129 14 3 0 The 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.
585 07/01/1942 12:00 Near Premier, West Virginia Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Battle Creek - Florence, SC Douglas C-49E 42-56093 1976 21 21 0 Flew into a thunderstorm and was observed in a near vertical dive before crashing to the ground. Icing, possible overloading.
586 07/07/1942 Off Broken Head, Australia Military - Royal Australian Air Force Lockheed Hudson A16-198 10 10 0
587 07/20/1942 Llanfair, England Military - Royal Air Force Lockheed Hudson N7253 13 13 0
588 08/13/1942 Algiers, Algeria Air France Liore et Olivier H-246 Air Boat F-AREJ 403 4 0 Attacked by Royal Air Force fighters. Crashed in the water while attempting to land.
589 08/21/1942 Deutsche Lufthansa Siebel Si-204 4 4 0 Lufthansa chairman, Von Gablenz killed.
590 08/22/1942 Trinidad KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Lockheed 14 Electra PH-AIP 13 13 0
591 08/23/1942 Invergordon, England Military - Royal Air Force Short Sunderland W4026 14 13 0
592 08/25/1942 14:00 Near Dunbeath, Scotland Military - Royal Air Force Short Sunderland (flying boat) W4026 14 13 0 The 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.
593 09/27/1942 Ameur el Ain, Algeria Air France Dewoitine D-342 F-ARIZ 01 25 25 0 Crashed during takeoff.
594 10/01/1942 Kunming, China China National Aviation Corporation Douglas C-47 69 Crashed while attempting to land after losing oil pressure on one engine.
595 10/01/1942 09:30 Near Coamo, Puerto Rico Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Caomo - San Juan Douglas C-39-DO (DC-2) 38-524 2081 22 22 0 The aircraft made a wide descending turn with engines running roughly and crashed into a hill.
596 10/03/1942 19:05 Botwood, Newfoundland American Export Airlines 71 New York - Botwood - Foynes, Ireland Sirkorsky 44A (flying boat) NC41880 4401 37 11 0 While 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.
597 10/22/1942 Deutsche Lufthansa 7208 Junkers JU-52/3m D-AYGX 7208 17 17 0
598 10/23/1942 17:15 Palm Springs, California American Airlines / Military - USAF 28 Palm Springs - New York City Douglas DC-3 / Boeing B-34 NC16017 1555 13 12 0 Midair 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.`
599 10/30/1942 Norway Military - Royal Air Force Handley Page HP-57 Halifax W7773 10 10 0
600 12/15/1942 01:22 Fairfield, Utah Western Airlines 13 Salt Lake - Las Vegas - Burbank Douglas DC-3A NC16060 1900 19 17 0 Crashed 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.
601 12/19/1942 Wien, Vienna DLL Junkers JU-52/3m OY-DAL 5610 16 2 0
602 01/09/1943 River Tagus, Lisbon, Portugal British Overseas Airways Short S-26 (flying boat) G-AFCK S-873 13 13 0
603 01/15/1943 Near Paramarino, Dutch Guyana Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-54A 42-32939 35 35 0 Crashed along the coast of South American while en route to Africa.
604 01/18/1943 23:00 Off the Brazilian coast, AtlantiOcean Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Accra, Ghana - Natal, Brazil Consolidated C-87 41-1708 26 26 0 Disappeared while en route and never found.
605 01/21/1943 07:30 Ukiah, California Pan American World Airways V-1104 Hawaii - San Francisco Martin M-130 (flying boat) NC14715 557 19 19 0 Flew 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.
606 01/22/1943 15:15 Near Chaparra, Peru Pan American Grace Airlines 9 Santiago, Chili - Arequipa, Peru - Lima, Peru Douglas DC-3A NC33645 4124 15 14 0 The 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.
607 02/09/1943 Near Gander, Newfoundland British Overseas Airways Consolidated 32-3 Liberator II AL-591 21 19 0 Ran out of fuel.
608 02/18/1943 12:30 Seattle, Washington Private - Boeing Aircraft Company Test flight Boeing XB-29 41-3 10 10 20 Lost altitude, struck power lines and crashed into a packing house after encountering an engine fire on a test flight.
609 02/22/1943 06:47 Lisbon, Portugal Pan American World Airways 9035 New York City - Lisbon Boeing B-314 (flying boat) NC18603 1990 39 25 0 Crashed 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.
610 03/11/1943 Luishui, China China National Aviation Corporation Kunming - Assam Douglas C-53 53 3 3 0 The cargo plane was caught in a downdraft in a mountain pass en route and crashed.
611 03/13/1943 Himalaya, China China National Aviation Corporation Kunming - Dinjan Douglas C-53 49 3 3 0 Disappeared over the Himalayas.
612 03/27/1943 05:15 Archerfield Aerodrome, Queensland, Australia Military - Royal Australian Air Force Douglas C-47-DL A65-2 6149 24 24 0 The aircraft, taking off in darkness and poor visibility, crashed in heavy timber and caught fire.
613 04/22/1943 Off Port Moresby, New Guinea Qantas Short S-23 VH-ADU S-844 13 13 0 Stalled and crashed in poor weather into the water during an emergency landing on the open sea. Broke up in heavy seas.
614 06/01/1943 11:00 Off the coast of France British Overseas Airways 2L272 Lisbon - London Douglas DC-3 G-AGBB 1590 17 17 0 Shot 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.
615 06/07/1943 04:00 Red Springs, North Carolina Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Pope Field - Maxton Douglas C-47A-DL 42-23512 9374 20 20 0 Crashed in thunderstorm activity while attempting to land.
616 06/14/1943 Near Mackay, OLD, Australia Military - U.S. Army Air Forces B-17C Flying Fortress 41 40 0 The 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.
617 06/16/1943 Khartoum, Sudan British Overseas Airways Lockheed Hudson VI FK-459 17 17 0
618 06/30/1943 Khartoum, Sudan British Overseas Airways Lockheed Hudson VI FK-618 16 16 0
619 07/04/1943 23:00 Gibraltar Consolidated Liberator B24 C A-L-523 13 12 0 The flight, bound for London, crashed into the Mediterranean shortly after takeoff. Wladyslaw Sikorski, prime minister of the Polish government in exile, killed.
620 07/28/1943 Brandon Head, Ireland British Overseas Airways Lisbon - Foynes - Poole Short Sunderland 3 (flying boat) G-AGES 25 12 0
621 07/28/1943 22:43 Trammel, Kentucky American Airlines 63 Cleveland - Memphis Douglas DC-3 NC16014 1552 22 20 0 The 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.
622 08/01/1943 15:00 Ploesti, Romania Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Bombing run Consolidated B-24 10 10 63 Crashed into a women's prison after being hit by anti-aircraft fire while on a bombing run.
623 08/07/1943 05:20 Off Townsville, Australia Military - U.S. Air Force Townsville - Brisbane Douglas C-47-DL 41-7733 4212 27 27 0 Crashed into the ocean.
624 08/11/1943 Fort Hertz, China China National Aviation Corporation Douglas C-53 48 3 3 0 The cargo plane was shot down by Japanese fighters.
625 08/27/1943 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil VASP Junkers JU-52/3m PP-SPD 5459 21 18 0 Struck 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.'
626 09/10/1943 16:00 Off Galveston, Texas Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-17F / Boeing B-17F 42-4621/42-6031 22 22 0 Midair collision over the Gulf of Mexico while flying in formation. Eleven killed on each plane.
627 09/20/1943 08:50 Near Maxton, North Carolina Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-53D-DO 42-68729 11656 25 25 0 Crashed 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.
628 09/22/1943 06:00 Near Calcutta, India Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-53 42-6471 4923 20 20 0 Cashed into trees shortly after taking off.
629 10/15/1943 23:17 Near Centerville, Tennessee American Airlines 63 Nashville - Memphis Douglas DC3-G102 NC16088 1588 15 15 0 The 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.
630 10/19/1943 St. Donat, Quebec, Canada Military - Royal Canadian Air Force Consolidated B-24 24 24 0 The 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.
631 10/22/1943 Hallo, Sweden AB Aerotransport Douglas DC-3 SE-BAG 2132 15 13 0 Shot down by a Ju88, German military aircraft.
632 10/22/1943 20:20 Columbus, Georgia Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-47-DL 42-5677 7371 20 20 0 Stalled when it was making a descending turn during a parachute exercise.
633 11/08/1943 Poona, India Military - Indian Air Force 1 1 37 Crashed into a village.
634 11/19/1943 Kunming, China China National Aviation Corporation Douglas C-53 59 3 2 0 The cargo plane crashed short of the runway in poor weather conditions.
635 11/19/1943 Kunming, China China National Aviation Corporation Douglas C-47 63 3 3 0 A navigational error caused the cargo plane to strike a mountain.
636 11/26/1943 Port Moresby, New Guinea Qantas Lockheed L-18-56 Lodestar VH-CAB 15 15 0 Flew into a hill shortly after talking off from Ward's Strip operated by Qantas for Allied Directorate of Air Transport.
637 12/18/1943 Suifu, China China National Aviation Corporation Douglas C-47 83 3 3 0 The cargo plane struck a mountain while attempting a go-around.
638 12/19/1943 09:20 Canal Creek, Australia Military - U.S. Air Force Douglas C-47A-60-DL 43-30742 13893 31 31 0
639 12/29/1943 15:00 Lakeside, Utah Military - U.S. Army Air Forces / Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Wendover Field - Pocatello AAB Consolidated B-24 / Consolidated B-24 42-7183/42-7408 25 25 0 A 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.
640 01/15/1944 Belgrad, Yugoslavia Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52/3m D-ADQW 640610 5 5 0 Pilot error.
641 02/10/1944 23:36 Memphis, Tennessee American Airlines 2 Little Rock - Memphis Douglas DC-3 NC21767 2166 24 24 0 The aircraft crashed into a river and sank ,18 miles southwest of Memphis, in a snowstorm, while en route from Little Rock. Cause undetermined.
642 02/20/1944 China China National Aviation Corporation Douglas C-47 75 2 2 0 The cargo plane flew into a mountain
643 02/21/1944 Eubeoa, Greece Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52/3m D-ABAS 6561 16 16 0 The plane missing and never found.
644 03/22/1944 New Guinea Military - U.S. Army Port Moreaby - Nadzab Consolidated B-24 Liberator 21 21 Disappeared while en route on a non-combat mission. Wreckage found 39 years later on 4/30/1983.
645 04/06/1944 15:48 Near Nome, Alaska Pan American World Airways Nome - Fairbanks Pilgrim 100B NC742N 6 6 0 Crashed 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.
646 04/17/1944 Belgrad, Yugoslavia Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52/3m D-AOCA 640996 7 5 0 Shot down by allied fighters.
647 04/21/1944 Frederikstad, Norway Deutsche Lufthansa Douglas DC-3 D-AAIG 2095 20 9 0 Pilot error.
648 04/25/1944 Montreal, Canada Military - Royal Air Force Montreal, Canada - European air base Consolidated Liberator 16 16 0 Crashed into a row of houses shortly after taking off from Dorval Airport.
649 05/26/1944 Between Calcutta to Dinjan, China China National Aviation Corporation Calcutta - Dinjan Douglas C-47 82 12 12 0 While 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.
650 05/27/1944 Off Calcutta, India China National Aviation Corporation Douglas DC-3 14 14 0 Crashed at sea in poor weather conditions.
651 06/06/1944 01:30 Carentan, France Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-47A-DL 42-101035 19498 22 22 0 Shot down by anti-aircraft fire during the Normandy invasion.
652 06/06/1944 02:00 Flamanville, France Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-47A 42-100905 19368 22 22 0 Shot down by anti-aircraft fire during the Normandy invasion.
653 06/06/1944 01:15 Barneville, France Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-47A 42-93095 112969 22 22 0 Shot down by anti-aircraft fire during the Normandy invasion.
654 06/08/1944 Kunming, China China National Aviation Corporation Dijan - Kunming Douglas C-47 85 6 6 0 The 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.
655 06/18/1944 Kweilin, China China National Aviation Corporation Kunming - Chungking, Douglas C-47 71 4 2 0 Diverted 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.
656 06/20/1944 Porto Alegre, Brazil Varig Lockheed 10C Electra PP-VAG 1008 10 10 0 Crashed into a river.
657 07/26/1944 03:00 North AtlantiOcean Military - U.S. Army Air Forces England - Long Island, N.Y. Douglas C-54A-DO (DC-4) 42-107470 7489 26 26 0 Disappeared while en route from Iceland to Newfoundland.
658 07/27/1944 16:00 Port Logan, Scotland Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Bristol - Preswick Douglas C-47A-DK 42-93038 12905 22 22 0 As the aircraft approached land, it began a climb but was not able to gain sufficient altitude to clear a cloud shrouded cliff.
659 07/31/1944 Funafuti, Gilbert Islands, PacifiOcean Pan American Airways Consolidated Catalina PB2Y-3R 7233 24 22 0 While 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.
660 08/03/1944 20:30 Naper, Nebraska Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Bruning, NB - Pierre, SD Douglas C-47A-DL 42-23652 9514 28 28 0 Crashed in a severe thunderstorm after possibly being hit by lightning and losing both engines.
661 08/08/1944 13:20 Off Antilla, Cuba Pan American World Airways 218 Antilla - Miami Sikorsky S-42 (flying boat) NC823M 4201 31 17 0 Crashed 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.'
662 08/12/1944 18:20 Blythburgh, England Military - U.S. Navy - Consolidated PB4Y-1 32271 2 2 0 Navy 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.
663 08/23/1944 10:45 Freckelton, England Military - U.S. Air Force Consolidated B-24H 42-50291 3 3 58 The 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.
664 08/28/1944 01:00 Preswick, Scotland Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-54A-DC (DC-4) 42-72171 10276 20 20 5 Crashed into a residential area in poor visiblility while attemping to land after a trans-Atlantiflilght.
665 08/30/1944 Sao Paulo, Brazil Panair do Brasil Lockheed 18 Lodestar PP-PBI 2114 16 16 0 Crashed in fog.
666 09/02/1944 Belgrad, Yugoslavia Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU52/3m D-AUAW 641039 5 5 0 Shot down by allied fighters.
667 09/07/1944 Near Mossman, Queensland, Australia Military - Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Force Merauke -- Cairns C-47 Dakota DT-941 VH-RDK 20 20 0 The 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.
668 09/18/1944 07:42 Alaska U. S. Air Force Elmindorf AFB, Anchorage - Ladd Field, Fairbanks Douglas C-47A-90-DL 43-15738 20204 19 19 0 Struck the side of a mountain while in full flight. Cause unknown but weather conditions suspected.
669 09/21/1944 Rio Doce, Brazil Panair do Brasil Lockheed 18 Lodestar PP-PBH 2113 17 17 0
670 09/27/1944 20:30 Near Dijon, France Deutsche Lufthansa Stuttgart - Barcelona Focke-Wulf FW 200 D-AMHL 20 9 9 0 Missing on a flight from France to Spain. Shot down by an American Bristol Beau allied night fighter.
671 06/30/1945 Texas Military - U.S. Air Force Boeing TB-29A Super Fortress 44-69943 12 12 0
672 10/07/1944 Near Sadiya, India China National Aviation Corporation Dinjan - Suifu Douglas C-47 101 3 3 0 Both wing of the cargo plane separated from the fuselage after the aircraft penetrated a thunderstorm.
673 10/10/1944 Bosnia Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52/3m D-AUSS 641382 7 7 0
674 10/11/1944 Sydney, Australia Qantas Short S-23 (flying boat) VH-ABB S-877 30 1 0 On final approach with one engine shut-down, stalled 10 ft above the water and hull ruptured on impact.
675 10/16/1944 Telemark, Norway Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52/3m D-ADQV 640608 15 15 0 Crashed into a mountain in poor weather conditions.
676 10/17/1944 Hungary Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers JU-52/3m D-ASHE 640601 9 1 0 Shot down by British Mosquito fighters.
677 10/18/1944 15:40 Birkenhead, England Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Liverpool - New York Consolidated B24H 42-50347 24 24 0 Broke-up in flight either due to an explosion or catastrophistructural failure of the aircraft.
678 11/04/1944 17:15 Hanford, California Trans Continental and Western Air 8 San Francisco - New York City Douglas DC-3 NC28310 2251 24 24 0 The 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.
679 11/09/1944 Seljord, Norway Military - U.S. Army Air Corps 42-52196
680 11/19/1944 15:10 Lewes, England Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-47A-DL 43-15046 19512 30 25 0 Flying in low overcast, the aircraft struck a hill, exploded and burned.
681 11/29/1944 Tegucigalpa, Nicaragua TACA Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor XH-TAN 16 16 0
682 11/29/1944 Kenya BOAC Lockheed 18 LodeStar G-AGBW 15 15 0
683 11/29/1944 Malmo, Sweden Deutsche Lufthansa Focke-Wulf FW 200 D-ARHW 2994 10 10 0 Shot down by a German patrol boat.
684 11/30/1944 Dinjan, China China National Aviation Corporation Douglas C-47 56 3 3 0 The cargo plane flew into Digboi Mountain after losing both engines.
685 12/01/1944 00:54 Van Nuys, California Trans Continental and Western Air 13 San Francisco - Burbank - New York City Douglas DC-3 NC17322 1965 17 9 0 The 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.
686 12/03/1944 AtlantiOcean Trans-Canada Air Lines Avro 683 Lancaster CF-CMU 5 5 0
687 12/15/1944 14:00 English Channel Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Twinwood, England - Villacoublay, France UC-64A Noorduyn Norseman 44-70286 550 3 3 0 Disappeared 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.
688 01/06/1945 Near Dinjan, India China National Aviation Corporation Kunming - Tengchung Douglas C-47 77 4 4 0 The cargo plane crashed in strong winds
689 01/08/1945 21:16 Port of Spain, Trinidad Pan American World Airways 161 Miami - Leopoldville Martin M-130 (flying boat) NC14716 558 30 23 0 The 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.
690 01/10/1945 04:10 Burbank, California American Airlines 6001 New York City - Juarez, Mexico - Burbank Douglas DC-3 NC25684 2215 24 24 0 The 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.
691 01/14/1945 China China National Aviation Corporation Douglas C-47 70 6 4 0 The cargo plane struck a mountain.
692 01/16/1945 Near Kunming, China China National Aviation Corporation Chongqing - Kunming Douglas C-47 3 3 0
693 01/23/1945 Timor, Indonesia Military - Royal Australian Air Force Consolidated Liberator A72-70 11 11 0
694 01/31/1945 Redesdale, Australia Australian National Airways Stinson Model A VH-UYY 10 10 0
695 02/02/1945 10:15 Near Montieri, Italy Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-47-DL 41-18603 4728 26 23 0 Crashed into a hill after encountering a fog bank and not climbing in sufficient time to avoid the terrain.
696 02/06/1945 10:05 Nunters Burgh, England Military -Royal Air Force Douglas C-47 Dakota KG630 13390 23 23 0 Struck a mountain while flying in low clouds and poor visibility.
697 02/13/1945 06:30 Off Oakland, California Military - U.S. Navy Douglas R4D-6 50765 24 24 0 Crashed into San Francisco bay shortly after taking off. The right wing struck to water as the plane made a wide turn.
698 02/15/1945 Lagoa Santa, Brazil Navegacao Aerea Brasileira Lockheed 18 Loadstar PP-NAE 2149 11 11 0
699 02/23/1945 Casablanca, Morocco Military - United States Army Air Force Curtiss C-46A 42-107377 27064 30 13 0
700 02/23/1945 02:25 Marion, Virginia American Airlines 9 New York City - Los Angeles Douglas DC-3 N18142 2138 22 17 0 The 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.
701 03/27/1945 Coral Sea, off Australia Military - U.S. Air Force Douglas C-47A-90-DL 43-16011 20477 24 24 0 Disappeared en route.
702 04/09/1945 Kunming, China China National Aviation Corporation Kunming - Sichang Douglas C-47 88 3 3 0 The cargo plane struck a mountain in the Himalayas under poor weather conditions.
703 04/14/1945 16:58 Morgantown, West Virginia Pennsylvania Central Airlines 142 Pittsburgh - Morgantown Douglas DC-3 NC25692 2262 20 20 0 The 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.
704 04/19/1945 05:35 Near Perth, Australia Military - U.S. Navy - Douglas DC-3 39067 13 13 0 The transport crashed into a hillside as it took off in heavy fog at Guildford Airport.
705 04/20/1945 Junkers JU-53/3m D-ANAJ 18 18 0 Missing on an evacuation flight from Berlin to Munich.
706 04/20/1945 06:40 Sweetwater, Texas Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Midland, TX - Nashville, TN Douglas C-47-DL 41-18451 4513 25 25 0 Broke-up after entering an area of thunderstorms. Initial structural failure involved the elevator followed by the entire aircraft.
707 04/21/1945 Munchen, Germany Deutsche Lufthansa Focke-Wulf FW 200 D-ASHH 21 21 0
708 04/23/1945 North Barrule, Isle of Man, England Military - U.S. Air Force Ridgewell - Nutts Corner B17G Flying Fortress 43-38856 31 31 0
709 04/27/1945 12:40 Washington D.C. Page Airways Washington, D.C. - New York, Ny Lockheed 18 Lodestar NC33328 2221 13 6 0 Lost 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.
710 05/05/1945 22:26 Manus Island, New Guinea Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-54E-DO (DC-4) 44-9043 27269 21 21 0 Crashed into a hill shortly after taking off from Sorido airstrip. Cause unknown.
711 05/06/1945 12:55 Hindhead, England Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Curtiss-Wright C-46D-CU 44-77839 33235 30 30 1 Flying 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.
712 05/09/1945 1:30 Roye, France Military -Royal Air Force England - Brussels Avro Lancaster RF230 31 31 0 The aircraft went in to a spin and crashed in a wooded area and caught fire.
713 05/13/1945 15:00 Netherlands, New Guinea Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-47B-DK 43-49788 27049 23 20 0 Crashed into mountains.
714 05/30/1945 09:20 Off Drewin, Ivory Coast Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Accra, Ghana - Monrovia, Liberia Douglas C-47B-dK 44-76406 32738 21 21 0 Disappeared 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.
715 06/15/1945 China China National Aviation Corporation Douglas C-47 81 3 3 0 The aircraft crashed into a mountain in the Carstenz Range at an altitude of 14,200 ft. The wreckage was discovered in December 1970.
716 06/24/1945 Gealdton, Australia MaRobertson Miller Airlines de Havilland DH-86A VH-USF 2310 11 2 0
717 06/25/1945 07:50 Swanage, England Military -Royal Air Force Consolidated LB-30A Liberator JT985 27 27 0 Crashed and burned on a hillside after experiencing engine failure.
718 06/29/1945 Bangalore, India Military - Royal Indian Air Force 2 2 36 Crashed into a village exploding and destoying several houses.
719 07/04/1945 North AtlantiOcean Military -Royal Air Force Montreal, Canada - England Consolidated LB-30A Liberator JT982 15 15 0 Disappeared on a trans-Atlantiflight from Montreal to England.
720 07/11/1945 Near Kisumu, Kenya Military - South African Air Force Douglas C-47 6812 28 28 0 Crashed shortly after take off into Lake Victoria.
721 07/12/1945 14:36 Near Florence, South Carolina Eastern Air Lines / Military - U.S. Army Air Corps 45 Boston - NY - Washington DC - Jacksonville - Miami Douglas DC-3-201C / Army A-26 NC25647 2235 10 3 0 After 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.
722 07/28/1945 09:49 New York, New York Military - U.S. Army Air Forces North American B-25D bomber 43-0577 3 3 11 A 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.
723 08/01/1945 Near San Luis Potosi, Mexico Lineas Aereas Mineras Boeing 247D XA-DUY 1723 12 12 0 Crashed into mountainous terrain.
724 08/03/1945 10:11 Fort de France, Martinique Pan American World Airways 216 Port of Spain - Fort de France Sikorsky S-43 (flying boat) NC15066 4306 14 4 0 The 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.
725 08/11/1945 Ixtaccihuati, Mexico Mexicana Douglas DC-2-243 XA-DOT 2075 16 16 0 Crashed in poor weather conditions.
726 09/07/1945 02:13 Florence, South Carolina Eastern Air Lines 42 Miami - New York City Douglas DC-3 NC33631 4137 22 22 0 Fire 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.
727 09/11/1945 10:15 Near Milne Bay, New Guinea Military - Royal Australian Air Force Milne Bay - Dobodura Douglas C-47A A6556 25365 11 11 0 Left Milne Bay on routine flight to Dobodura at 10:15. Crashed into sea near Milne Bay.
728 09/15/1945 00:08 Near Kansas, Missouri Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-47B-DK 45-1011 34277 24 23 0 Failed to gain altitude while taking off, struck trees, lost both wings, exploded and burned. Engine failure.
729 09/18/1945 Puncak Jaya, Papua New Guinea Military - Royal Australian Air Force Douglas C-47B-5-DK A65-61 14554/25999 29 29 0
730 09/28/1945 Near Chihkiang, China Military - United States Army Air Force Curtiss C-46D 42-101183 30638 20 20 0
731 10/05/1945 01:05 Lakeland, Florida National Airlines 16 Miami - Jacksonville Lockheed 18 Lodestar NC18199 2265 15 2 0 Crashed 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.
732 10/05/1945 12:50 Elvetham, England Military -Royal Air Force England - Prague Consolidated LB-40-A Liberator 23 23 0 Cashed and burned shortly after takeoff after experiencing an engine fire in the No. 2 engine.
733 10/07/1945 00:30 Rennes, France Military - Royal Air Force London - Cairo Short Stirling IV LJ668 26 26 0 Lost altitude while in a turn and attempting to land and crashed and burned.
734 10/13/1945 20:45 Melsbroek, Belgium Military -Royal Air Force Belgium - India Consolidated LB-30-A Liberator KL595 31 31 0 The aircraft failed to gain speed or altitude and struck a hill at the end of the runway.
735 10/16/1945 11:30 Near Peking, China Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Hankou - Peking Curtiss-Wright C-46F-CU 44-78591 22414 59 59 0 Struck a radio transmission tower while on approach for landing at Nanyman field.
736 10/20/1945 Timor Sea, AtlantiOcean Military - Royal Australian Air Force Ambon, Indonesia - Darwin, Australia Douglas C-47B A65-83 16127/32875 25 25 0 Disappeared en route.
737 10/20/1945 Between Shanghi and Canton, China China National Aviation Corporation Shanghai - Canton Douglas C-47 31 31 0 Crashed into a mountain while en route.
738 10/23/1945 Near Chiringa, India Military - Royal Air Force Douglas C-47B KJ957 14804/26249 14 14 0 Penetrated a thunderstorm and broke-up.
739 10/24/1945 Tarapoto, Peru Faucett Faucett F-19 OB-PAG-139 24 5 5 0 Crashed on takeoff.
740 10/30/1945 19:15 Chihchiang, China Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Curtiss-Wright C-46A-CK 43-47228 299 50 45 0 Crashed and burned on takeoff striking a hill. Possible engine failure or overloading.
741 11/01/1945 15:30 Herrenalb, Germany Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-47A-DK 42-93041 12909 30 26 0 The 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.
742 11/03/1945 02:00 Near Chuka, India Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Chabua - Karachi Douglas C-54G 45528A 44 44 0 Crashed into the Himalaysas and burned while en route.
743 11/08/1945 20:00 Off Corpus Christi, Texas Military - U.S. Navy / Military - U.S. Navy Martin PBM-3S / Martin PBM-5 01710 / 69113 27 22 0 The aircraft expierence a midair collision over Corpus Christi Bay while on a training flight.
744 11/09/1945 20:00 Near Boccadi, Italy Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Athens - Naples Douglas C-47A-DL 42-24363 10225 24 24 0 The pilot radioed he was lost, shortly before impacting the ground while attempting to land in poor visibility.
745 11/11/1945 12:00 Near Picinisco, Italy Military - U.S. Army Air Forces France - Athens Boeing B-17G 43-9197 20 20 0 The 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.
746 11/11/1945 23:45 Near Castel, Libya Military -Royal Air Force Short Stirling PJ950 29 29 0 Crashed and burned after experiencing an engine fire.
747 11/11/1945 Himalayas Military - U.S. Army Chabau, India - Karachi, Pakistan Douglas C-54 44 44 0 Crashed into a mountain ridge 200 ft. short of the summit, bounced over the top and crashed down the other side while en route.
748 11/15/1945 09:14 New Britain Island, New Guinea Military - Royal Australian Air Force Douglas C-47 Dakota-DK A6554 26640 28 28 0 Crashed into a 7,000 ft. mountain, 150 feet below the ridge, shortly after taking off.
749 11/22/1945 10:00 White's Farm, England Military -Royal Air Force Consolidated LB-30A Liberator KH126 27 27 0 The aircraft crashed into a hill shortly after takeoff after and making a turn, before reaching the prescribed altitude.
750 12/03/1945 13:30 Near Rochefort , France Military -Royal Air Force India - Cambridge, England Consolidated LB-30A Liberator KH125 28 28 0 Crashed in severe turbulence in thunderstorms after losing the right wing and breaking up.
751 12/05/1945 20:00 Off the Florida coast Military - U.S. Navy 19 Five Grumman TBM Avengers 14 14 0 The 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.
752 12/08/1945 Near Billings, Montana Military - U.S. Army Newark, N.J. - Seattle, WA Douglas C-47 21 17 0 Crashed into a field after hitting trees while attempting to land in a snowstorm.
753 12/18/1945 10:10 Voksenkollen, Norway Military - Royal Air Force Douglas C-47B KN413 16090/32838 17 15 0 Flew into the side of a hill.
754 12/25/1945 Bangui, French Equatorial Africa Air France Lockheed 18 Lodestar F-BALV 2380 8 8 0
755 12/30/1945 21:13 New York City, New York Eastern Air Lines 14 Philadelphia - New York City Douglas DC-3 NC18l23 1999 12 1 0 The 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.
756 01/06/1946 03:59 Birmingham, Alabama Pennsylvania Central Airlines 105 New York City - Birmingham, AL Douglas DC-3 N21786 4131 11 3 0 In 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.
757 01/09/1946 Changchun, China Military - Chinese Air Force Douglas C-47 18 18 0
758 01/15/1946 18:25 Marseilles, France Military -Royal Air Force Douglas C-47 Dakota KN557 33171 25 23 0 Crashed into a mountainside in a snowstorm.
759 01/18/1946 11:03 Cheshire, Connecticut Eastern Air Lines 16B New York - Boston Douglas DC-3-201E NC19970 3254 17 17 0 The 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.
760 01/19/1946 Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada Mililtary - Royal Canadian Air Force Comox, BC - Greenwood,NS Douglas DC-3 Dakota 7 7 0 Collided with Mt. Ptolemy while en route.
761 01/30/1946 Near Le Mans, France Military - Royal Air Force Douglas C-47B KN500 16277/33025 11 11 0
762 01/31/1946 02:47 Mt. Elk, Wyoming United Air Lines 14 Boise - Denver Douglas DC-3-194H NC25675 2147 21 21 0 The 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.
763 02/05/1946 Negros, Philippines Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Iloilo - Cebu Douglas C-47 20 20 0 Crashed into mountainous terrain while en route.
764 02/21/1946 Charlottetown, PE, Canada British Overseas Airways Consolidated 32-2 Liberator II G-AGEM 26 14 1 0 Crashed while attempting to land. Icing.
765 03/03/1946 08:12 Live Oak Springs, California American Airlines 6-103 Dallas - Tucon - San Diego Douglas DC-3-227B NC21799 2203 27 27 0 While 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.
766 03/05/1946 Near Prague, Czechoslovakia Ceskoslovenske Aerolinie Paris - Prauge Junkers JU-52/3m OK- 14 10 0 Crashed while approaching Ruzyne Aerodome to land.
767 03/10/1946 20:55 Off Hobart, Tasmania Australian National Airways Hobart - Melbourne Douglas DC-3 (C-47DL) VH-AET 6013 25 25 0 The aircraft crashed 10 mins after takeoff from Hobart. Inadvertent engagement of the autopilot instead of the fuel crossfeed.
768 03/17/1946 Near Nanking, China Military - Chinese Air Force Shanghai - Nanking 20 20 0 Crashed into mountainous terrain in low visibility while en route.
769 03/18/1946 Between Chungking and Shanghai, China China National Aviation Corporation Chunking - Shanghai 139 Disappeared while en route. Plane never located.
770 03/19/1946 11:45 Hobart Mills, California Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Stockton, CA - Ogden, UT Douglas C-47B 45-1085 26 26 0 The aircraft lost its right wing and disintegrated over Donner Summit for reasons unknown.
771 03/23/1946 Ceylon, Cocos Islands, Indian Ocean British Overseas Airways /Qantas Karachi - Australia Avro 691 Lancastrian 1 G-AGLX 1178 10 10 0 Disappeared 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).
772 04/05/1946 11:15 Rabat, Malta Military - Royal British Navy Vickers Wellington bomber HE-274 4 4 16 The 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.
773 04/08/1946 Near Shensi, China Shensi - Yenan 14 14 0
774 04/22/1946 Liberiad, Nicaragua TACA AN-ACC 21 19 0 Crashed on takeoff.
775 04/30/1946 Pindi-Khut ,India Military - Royal Air Force Douglas C-47A FZ559 12094 12 12 0 Broke up in midair and crashed.
776 05/10/1946 Munson, Florida Military U.S. Navy / Military - U.S. Navy PBY4-2 Privateer / PB4Y-2 Privateer 28 28 0 Collided in midair while a fighter made practice diving maneuvers on the formation.
777 05/16/1946 01:00 Richmond, Virginia Viking Air Transport Richmond - Atlanta Douglas DC-3 NC53218 19626 27 27 0 Engine 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.
778 05/22/1946 Oslo, Norway DNL Oslo - Stockholm Junkers JU-52/3m LN-LAB 6048 13 13 0 Crashed into Oslo Fjord shortly after takeoff.
779 06/01/1946 07:40 Off Amalfi, Italy Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Cairo - Rome Douglas C-54-DO (DC-4) 44-9078 27304 38 30 0 A 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.
780 06/09/1946 13:15 Near Abeokuta, Nigeria Military -Royal Air Force Kano - Ikeja Douglas C-47 Dakota KG747 25291 18 18 0 Flying low to avoid poor weather, the aircraft crashed while en route from Kano to Ikeja.
781 06/09/1946 10:30 Taboga Island, Panama Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-54D-DC (DC-4) 43-17231 22181 23 23 0 Crashed into a summit after flying below the prescribed altitude.
782 06/29/1946 Off Malaya Military - Royal Air Force Douglas C-47B KJ918 14641/26086 18 18 0 Disappeared.
783 06/29/1946 Pau, France Air France Junkers Ju-52/3m F-BAJS AAC020 3 2 0 The cargo plane struck power lines and crashed while attempting to take off.
784 07/09/1946 20:10 Holyoke, Massachusetts Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Boeing B17G 43-39136 25 25 0 Struck a slope on Mt. Tom during an approach to land at Westover Field.
785 07/11/1946 Reading, Pennsylvania Trans Continental and Western Air 513 Training flight Lockheed L-049 Constellation NC86513 2040 6 5 0 The 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.
786 07/13/1946 Tsinan, China Central Air Transport Curtiss C-46 49 13 0 The aircraft crashed 1 mile from the airfiend shortly after takeoff due to engine failure.
787 07/17/1946 Cuenca, Ecuador ANDESA Guayaquil - Cuenca Curtiss C-46D-10-CU HC-SCA 32982 30 30 0 Overshot the runway. The pilot was unable to regain altitude and the plane crashed into a hill and burst into flames.
788 07/18/1946 21:10 Goodland, Kansas Military - U.S. Army Air Corps Topeka - Denver Douglas C-47 13 13 0 Crashed into a field during a thunder and lightning storm.
789 07/20/1946 12:15 Off the Panama coast Military - (2) U.S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-17G / Boeing B-17G 4485624/4485626 20 20 0 The 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.
790 07/25/1946 Bassein, Burma Military -Royal Air Force Douglas C-47 Dakota KN585 33219 22 22 0 Crashed into a swamp soon after taking off after suffering structural failure of the left wing in adverse weather conditions.
791 08/07/1946 Oslo, Norway British European Airways Northolt - Oslo Douglas C-47A-10-DK G-AHCS 12348 16 3 0 Flew 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.
792 08/09/1946 Lakehurst, New Jersey AtlantiCentral Airlines AtlantiCity - Newark Lockheed 18-56 Lodestar 6 4 0 Crashed and burned while attempting to glide in for an emergency landing at Lakhurst Field.
793 08/14/1946 Malta-Luqa, Malta BOAC Douglas C-47A G-AGHT 10103 5 1 0 The 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.
794 08/20/1946 Rouen, France British Overseas Airways Avro 691 Lancastrian 1 G-AGMF 1186 9 8 0 Descended through clouds and crashed. Premature descent by the crew without establishing their position. Training flight.
795 08/21/1946 04:19 Moline, Illinois Trans Luxury Airlines 878 Teterboro - Chicago - San Francisco Douglas C-47-DL N51878 4542 25 2 0 While 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.
796 08/24/1946 Cairo, Egypt Misrair Avro Anson SU-ADJ 1272 9 6 0 Crashed and caught fire.
797 09/03/1946 Holtug, Denmark Air France Copenhagen - Paris Douglas DC-3 (C-53D-DO) F-BADB 11714 22 22 0 Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft crashed into a field 40 miles south of Copenhagen, exploding and bursting into flames.
798 09/04/1946 09:15 Le Bourget, France Air France Paris - Croydon Douglas DC-3 F-BAXD 42975 26 20 1 Lost altitude after losing an engine on takeoff and crashed into a factory yard.
799 09/05/1946 02:00 Elko, Nevada Trans-Luxury Airlines 850 New York City - San Francisco Douglas DC-3 (C-47-A5-DL) NC57850 9214 22 21 0 The 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.
800 09/06/1946 Bathurst, Gambia British South American Airways Bathrust, - Argentina Avro 685 York I G-AHEW 1300 24 24 0 The 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.'
801 09/07/1946 Nome, Alaska Mt. McKinley Airfreight Douglas C-47A 4 4 0 The cargo plane went off course and struck a fog covered mountain as it circled to land.
802 09/15/1946 Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada Military - Royal Canadian Air Force Douglas C-47A Dakota 962 12544 21 21 0 The pilot lost control of the aircraft after attempting a go-around maneuver.
803 09/17/1946 01:17 Brussels, Belgium Sabena Brussels - Croydon Douglas C-47-DL OO-AUR 4549 7 1 0 During its climb the plane rolled and crashed into hangers. Loss of airspeed for undetermined reasons.
804 01/22/1947 Puesto Araujo, Colombia AVIANCA Bogota - Barrancabermeja Douglas DC-3 ( C-47-DO) C-108 4829 17 17 0 Crashed in the jungles of the Magdalena river valley.
805 09/18/1946 07:42 Near Gander, Newfoundland Sabena Brussels - Shannon - Gander - New York City Douglas DC-4-1009 OO-CBG 42986 44 27 0 The aircraft crashed 24 mi SW of the runway at Gander. Improper approach by pilot in poor weather.
806 09/19/1946 Near Tripoli, Libya Military -Royal Air Force St. Mawan, England - Almaza, Egypt Avro Lancaster NX690 25 25 0 Crashed after possibly being hit by lightning.
807 09/20/1946 Lochi Mountain, China China National Aviation Corporation 31 31 0 Crashed into a 14,000 ft. mountain.
808 09/25/1946 09:31 Near Hong Kong International Airport Military - Royal Air Force Hong Kong - Singapore Douglas C-47B-25-DK KN414 16091/32839 19 19 0 The 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.
809 09/27/1946 Rio Doce, Brazil Panair do Brasil Belo Horizonte - Rio de Janerio Douglas DC-3A-228D PP-PCH 4087 25 25 0 Crashed into a mountainside north of Rio de Janerio.
810 10/03/1946 03:30 Stephenville, Newfoundland American Overseas Airlines Gander - Shannon Douglas C-54E-5-DO NC90904 27290 39 39 0 Took 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.
811 10/06/1946 07:30 Off Penang, Malaya Military -Royal Air Force Avro 685 York 1 MW125 21 21 0 Crashed in the Strait of Malacca while en route.
812 10/07/1946 11:20 Apeldoorn, The Netherlands Military - Royal Netherlands Naval Air Service Fairey Firefly MK1 PP526 1 1 22 The 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.
813 10/08/1946 04:33 Cheyenne, Wyoming United Air Lines 28 San Francisco - Cheyenne - Chicago Douglas DC-4 N30051 10471 41 2 0 After 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.'
814 10/10/1946 Near Sefrou, Morocco Air Ocean Paris - Casablanca Junkers Ju-52/3m F-BCAA AAC281 16 16 0 Crashed into a mountain while en route.
815 10/17/1946 00:57 Laramie, Wyoming National Air Transport Services 942 Oakland - Chicago Douglas DC-3 NC38942 12971 13 13 0 Crashed 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.
816 10/17/1946 Near Chitral, India Military - Royal Air Force Douglas C-47B KN236 15659/27104 11 11 0 Struck an 11,000 ft. mountain.
817 10/23/1946 Gebel Kalamoun, Egypt Socotra Paris - Cairo Junkers JU-52/3m F-BCHD AAC311 24 1 0 The plane crashed into a hill after attempting to make a forced landing after running out of fuel.
818 11/01/1946 St Leger-la-Montagne, France CTA LanguedoRoussillon Paris - Toulouse - Casablanca AAC-1 Toucan F-BCAD 284 27 23 0 Crashed into mountains while en route. The pilot descended to lower altitiude to rid the plane of ice.
819 11/11/1946 03:30 Cleveland, Ohio United Air Lines 404 Chicago - Cleveland Douglas DC-3 (C-53D-DO) N19947 4873 20 2 0 Struck 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.
820 11/13/1946 03:41 Lebec, California Western Airlines 23 Palmdale - Burbank Douglas C-53D-DO (DC-3) NC18645 11662 11 11 0 The 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.
821 11/13/1946 08:18 Near Cofre de Perote, Mexico Empressa Commun. Aéreas de Veracruz Mexico City - Veracruz Douglas DC-3 XA-FOZ 15 15 0 Crashed into an 11,000 ft. mountain obscured by clouds.
822 11/14/1946 Amsterdam, Netherlands KLM Royal Dutch Airlines London - Amsterdam Douglas C-47A-90 DL (DC-3) PH-TBW 20122 26 26 0 The 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.
823 11/16/1946 23:30 North PacifiOcean Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Guam - Iwo Jima Douglas C-47 23 23 0 Made a 360 degree turn and dove into the sea, 15 miles off Iwo Jima .
824 11/26/1946 10:30 San Jose, Costa Rica Lineas Aéreas Costarricenses LACSA Douglas DC-3 (C-47A-90-DL) RX-76 20590 22 22 0 Struck Cedrel mountain while making an approach to San Jose.
825 11/30/1946 El Palomar, Argentina Fuerza Aérea Argentina Vickers 620 Viking 1 T-1 113 18 5 0 Following engine failure, the captain lost control and crashed while trying to land.
826 12/04/1946 Meshed, Iran Aeroflot Meshed - Teheran Lisunov Li-2 24 24 0 Crashed shortly after takeoff from Meshed airport.
827 12/10/1946 Toledo, Washington Military - U.S. Marine Corps Miramar NAS, California - Sand Point NB, Seattle Curtiss-Wright R5C-1 39528 32 32 0 The 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.
828 12/10/1946 13:10 Near Osaka, Japan Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Curtiss-Wright C-46F-CU 44-78604 22427 24 24 0 Crashed 3 miles southwest of Itami Air Base shortly after taking off. Loss of engine power for reasons unknown.
829 12/14/1946 Mt. Banahaur, Philippines Far Eastern Air Transport Grace Park AF - Lucena Douglas DC-3 (C-47-B-1-DK) PI-C-1 25436/13991 14 12 0 Crashed into tree tops on Mt. Banahaur. The pilot and 1 passenger survived.
830 12/17/1946 Caribbean, AtlantiOcean Winged Cargo Inc. Kingston, Jamaca - San Jose Douglas C-47A NC88876 9249 7 7 0 Disappeared en route. Never found.
831 12/23/1946 Near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil FAMA (Argentina) London - Buenos Aires. Avro 685 York I LV-XIG 1365 21 21 0 Poor 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.
832 12/24/1946 19:19 Near San Diego, California Western Airlines 44 Holtville - San Diego Douglas DC-3 ( C-53D-DO) NC45395 42-68715 12 12 0 Crashed 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.
833 12/25/1946 Lunghwa, Shanghai, China China National Aviation Corporation Curtiss C-46, C-47, DC-3 115 87 4 Various accidents involving three aircraft unable to land in dense fog and a ground collision involving a fourth plane led to 91 deaths.
834 12/28/1946 09:19 Michigan City, Indiana American Airlines 2207 Buffalo - Chicago Douglas DC-3 (C-50A-DO) N15577 4805 21 2 0 Crashed 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.
835 12/28/1946 Walshville, Illinois Kansas City Southern Skyways Flint, MI - Washville, IL Douglas C-47A NC58024 9378 2 2 0 The cargo plane crashed after both engines failed. Fuel exhaustion.
836 12/28/1946 02:09 Near Shannon, Ireland Trans Continental and Western Air 6963 Paris - Shannon Lockheed 049 Consellation NC86505 2026 23 13 0 Crashed 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.
837 01/03/1947 Sao Paulo, Brazil Panair do Brasil Sikorsky S-43B (flying boat) PP-PBN 4315 14 11 0 Crashed into the Solimoes extension of the Amazon river.
838 01/05/1947 20:00 Carmel, New Jersey Nationwide Air Transport Miami - Raleigh - Washington Douglas DC-3 N50046 34373 23 3 0 The 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.
839 01/05/1947 Tsingtao, China China National Aviation Corporation Shanghai - Tsingtao Douglas DC-4 XT-T51 38 38 0 Crashed into a mountain while on approach.
840 01/11/1947 Off Laoag, China Far Eastern Air Transport Shanghai - Manila Douglas DC-4 (C-54A-DO) PI-C100 3106 42 7 0 The plane ditched into the PacifiOcean 80 miles west of Laoaq after a fire broke out in the No. 2 engine.
841 01/11/1947 Near Lympne, England British Overseas Airways London - Bordeaux Douglas C-47A-1-DK G-AGJX 12014 16 8 0 Ran 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.
842 01/12/1947 01:38 Near Galax, Virginia Eastern Air Lines 665 Akron, OH - Winston/Salem, NC Douglas DC-3 NC88872 3274 19 18 0 The 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.
843 01/14/1947 09:00 Near Puebla, Mexico Military - Mexican Air Force Puebla - Oaxaca Lockheed C-60 Lodestar 60-03 21 21 0 Crashed and burned moments after takeoff. Failure of the right engine.
844 01/25/1947 Chongqing, China China National Aviation Corporation Canton - Chungking - Hong Kong Douglas DC-3 19 19 0 Crashed into mountains 120 miles south of Chunking.
845 01/25/1947 Croydon, Surrey, England Spencer Airways / Ceskoslovenske Aerolinie Guangzhou - Chongqing Douglas C-47 / Douglas DC-3 VP-YFD/OK-WDB 19979 / 9503 23 12 0 Just 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.
846 01/25/1947 Hong Kong Philippine Air Lines Douglas C-47A PI-C12 13508 4 4 0 The cargo plane struck Mt. Parker on approach.
847 01/26/1947 15:30 Copenhagen, Denmark KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Kobenhavn - Stockholm Douglas C- C47A-30DK PH-TCR 25479 22 22 0 During 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.
848 01/28/1947 Near Hankow, China China National Aviation Corporation Shanghai - Hankow - Chungking Curtiss C-46 26 25 0 Crashed while en route about 30 minutes after takeoff.
849 02/01/1947 Near Lisbon, Portugal Air France Paris - Bordeaux - Lisbon Douglas DC-3C F-BAXQ 25251 16 15 0 Crashed into Cintra mountain while on approach in poor weather condtions.
850 02/05/1947 Harrington, Delaware International Air Freight New York, NY - Raleigh, NC Douglas DC-3 NC54451 13873/25318 3 1 0 The cargo plane diverted to Harrington after a No. 2 engine rpm reduction. The plane approached downwind, overshot and struck some trees. Fuel contamination.
851 02/06/1947 Pedro Bernardo, Spain Aerovias Cuba International Havana - Lisbon - Madrid Douglas C-54B-15-DO NC44567 18386 12 12 0 Crashed in Gredos mountain range about 100 miles west of Madrid while en route. The plane was named 'Ruta de Colon.'
852 02/14/1947 04:20 Denver, Colorado Slick Airways Omaha, NE - Denver, CO Curtiss C-46E NC59486 2944 2 2 0 Cargo 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.
853 02/15/1947 09:30 Off Terracina, Italy Military - Corrieri Aerei Militari Rome - Cairo Savoia-Marchetti SM-95 I-ABQH 41003 16 16 0 Disappeared 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.
854 02/15/1947 12:18 Near Bogota, Colombia AVIANCA Barranquilla - Bogota Douglas DC-4 C-114 10439 53 53 0 The plane crashed into Mt. El Tabalazo at 10,500 feet in fog while en route.
855 02/21/1947 16:00 Chungking, China Military - Chinese Air Force Sichang - Chungking Douglas C-47 21 21 0 Crashed while attempting to land. Ran into heavy icing. One wing broke off.
856 02/26/1947 China Sea, PacifiOcean Military - Royal Air Force Singapore - Siagon Douglas C-47B KK120 15129/26574 12 12 0 Disappeared while en route.
857 03/08/1947 Cordillera, Colombia VIARCO Villavicencio - Bogota Douglas C-47-DL C-400 4792 9 9 0 Crashed in the Cordillera mountain range while en route.
858 03/08/1947 L'isola di Ischia, Italy Military - Royal Air Force Douglas C-47B KK122 15131/26576 13 13 0 Struck a mountain.
859 03/14/1947 14:00 Mt. Moucherolles, France Air France Lyons - Nice - Paris Douglas DC-3 (C-47A-90-DL) F-BAXO 20488 23 23 0 Flew into 4,000 foot Mt. Moucherolles, 25 miles south of Grenoble. The crash started an avalanche which buried most of the wreckage.
860 03/17/1947 08:05 Near Medellin, Colombia TACA Medellin, Colombia - San Jose, Costa Rica Lockheed 18 Lodestar YS-28 2450 8 8 0 Crashed shortly after taking off.
861 03/18/1947 Negombo, Sri Lanka Military - Royal Air Force Avro York C1 MW198 15 11 0 Failed engine on takeoff. Could not maintain altitude, lost control, struck trees and crashed.
862 04/08/1947 Near Caracas, Venezuela Linea Aeropostal Venezolana Douglas C-47A YV-C-ALO 27 27 0 Crashed 40 miles east of Caracas while en route.
863 04/13/1947 Off Dakar, Senegal British South American Airways Lisbon - Dakar Avro 685 York I G-AHEZ 1303 15 6 0 The plane crashed while making a third landing attempt. Unwise decision to try a third landing attempt. No approach lights. No radio facilities.
864 04/22/1947 10:40 Columbus, Georgia Delta Air Lines Douglas DC-3 (C-47DL) /Vultee BT-13 N49657 / N55312 9066 10 10 0 A 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.
865 02/24/1949 08:00 Near Cuzco, Peru TAM (Peru) Cuzco - Lima Douglas C-47 26 22 0 The aircraft lost control and crashed following a blown tire on takeoff.
866 04/28/1947 23:13 Near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Trans Canada Air Lines 3 Lethbridge - Vancouver Lockheed 18 Loadstar CF-TDF 18-2248 15 15 0 The 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.
867 05/11/1947 09:39 Delaware Bay, New Jersey Trans Continental and Western Air Training Lockheed L-049 Constellation NC86508 2029 4 4 0 Went into a turn and lost control, spiraled into the ground. Loss of control of the aircraft for reasons undetermined.
868 05/29/1947 Hjedinsfjordur, Iceland Flugefelag Reykjavík - Akureyri Douglas DC-3 TF-ISI 13389 25 25 0 Crashed on the north coast of Iceland in poor weather.
869 05/29/1947 22:45 Atsugi, Japan Military - U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas C-54D-DC (DC-4) 42-72553 10658 40 40 0 Turned the wrong way while attempting to land and slammed into a mountain, bursting into flames.
870 05/29/1947 19:05 La Guardia Airport, Queens, New York United Air Lines 521 New York City - Cleveland Douglas C-54B NC30046 18324 48 43 0 The 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.
871 05/30/1947 17:41 Port Deposit, Maryland Eastern Air Lines 605 Newark - Baltimore - Miami Douglas C-54B-15-DO NC88814 18380 53 53 0 While 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.
872 06/04/1947 23:00 Near Gemenos, France Air France Marseille - Lyon Junkers Ju-52 F-BANB AAC136 2 2 0 The cargo plane struck high ground while en route.
873 06/11/1947 Natal, Argentina Flota Aérea Mercante Argentina Buenos Aires - Natal Avro Lancaster LV-ACS 18 5 0 Struck an obstacle on landing.
874 06/13/1947 18:16 Leesburg, Virginia Pennsylvania Central Airlines 410 Pittsburgh - Washington D.C. Douglas DC-4 (C-54-DO) NC88842 3112 50 50 0 The 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.
875 06/19/1947 23:40 Al Mayadin, Syria Pan American World Airways 121 Karachi - Istanbul Lockheed 049-46-21 Constellation NC88845 2045 36 14 0 While 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.
876 07/01/1947 Near Eaeka, French Cameroons Air France Yaounde - Douala Junkers JU-52/3m F-BALF 091 13 13 0 Crashed while en route.
877 07/13/1947 04:30 Melbourne, Florida Burke Air Transport Newark - Miami Douglas DC-3 NC79024 9887 36 14 0 The 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.
878 07/15/1947 Vichy ,France Aero Cargo Paris - Vichy Junkers Ju-52/3m F-BCHH AAC323 19 1 0 Lost control while landing and crashed.
879 07/16/1947 Az-Zubair, Iran British Overseas Airways Cairo - Basrah Avro 685 York G-AGMR 1219 6 6 0 During 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.
880 07/25/1947 Moron, Argentina Flota Aérea Mercante Argentina Test flight Avro 685 York I LV-XIH 1366 6 2 2 Struck a truck while attempting to land.
881 07/31/1947 Near Yumen, China Military - Chinese Air Force Tihua - Lanzhou Douglas C-47 26 26 0 Disappeared while en route.
882 08/02/1947 17:40 Andes, Argentina British South American Airways Buenos Aires - Santiago Avro 691 Lancastrian 3 G-AGWH 1280 11 11 0 Crash 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.'
883 08/06/1947 North PacifiOcean Military - U.S. Navy Kodiak - Dutch Harbor Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina 34032 20 20 0 Disappeared while en route. The last message from the aircraft was it was 150 miles from its destination and battling strong head winds.
884 08/08/1947 18:49 New York, New York American Airlines New York - Buffalo Douglas DC-3C NX88787 19639 5 3 0 Cargo 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.
885 08/09/1947 Malmo, Sweden AB Aerotransport Amsterdam - Malmo Douglas DC-3F SE-BAY 19559 5 1 0 The cargo plane overran the runway and crashed into high ground.
886 08/13/1947 Bucharest, Romania Transporturile Aeriene Romano-Sovietice Constanta - Bucharest Lisunov Li-2 YR-TAV 18423801 3 3 0
887 08/21/1947 06:11 Hanksville, Utah Slick Airways Curtiss C-46E NC59488 2935 3 3 0 The 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.
888 08/23/1947 Bahrain, Persian Gulf British Overseas Airways Karachi - Bahrain Short Sandringham 5 (flying boat) G-AHZB SH-38C 26 10 0 Heavy 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.
889 08/28/1947 Harsiad, Norway Norwegian Airlines Tromso - Oslo Short Sandringham (flying boat) LN-IAV SH-48C 35 35 0 Crashed into 13,000 foot mountain.
890 10/08/1947 07:55 Near El Paso, Texas American Airlines 311 New York City - Dallas - Los Angeles Douglas DC-4 NC90432 10314/DC45 54 0 0 While 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.
891 10/16/1947 Sylva, North Carolina Stratofreight Charlotte, NC - Gainsville, GA Douglas DC-3 3 3 0 The cargo plane struck a mountain en route.
892 10/16/1947 Off Cartegena, Spain Societe Aerienne du Littoral Marseille - Oran Bristol 170 Freighter I F-BCJN 12788 43 41 0 Crashed into the sea following engine failure.
893 10/24/1947 12:29 Bryce Canyon, Utah United Air Lines 608 Los Angeles - New York City Douglas DC-6 NC37510 42875/17 53 53 0 Fire 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.
894 10/26/1947 13:45 Annette Island, Alaska Pan American World Airways 923 Seattle - Juneau Douglas DC-4A NC88920 10317 18 18 0 The 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.
895 10/26/1947 17:20 Near Mt. Hymettus, Greece AB Aerotransport 1629 Istanbul-Athens-Rome-Geneve-Copenhagen-Stockholm Douglas DC-4-1009 SE-BBG 42930/45 44 44 0 The 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.'
896 10/31/1947 Srinagar, India Military - Royal Indian Air Force Douglas C-47B M1965 25 25 0
897 11/02/1947 Off Barrio Rizal, Philippines Philippine Air Express Douglas DC-3 5 5 0 The cargo plane crashed into the ocean.
898 11/11/1947 Gallup, New Mexico American Airlines 10 San Francisco - Chicago - New York Douglas DC-6 NC90741 43046/92 25 0 0 The 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.
899 11/13/1947 Near Bouchox, France Société Auxiliare de Navigation Aérienne Junkers Ju-52/3m F-BDYH AAC401 2 2 0 The cargo plane struck a mountain en route.
900 11/18/1947 Ravello, Italy Trafik-Turist-Transportflyg Catania - Rome Bristol 170 Freighter XI SE-BNG 12792 25 20 0 Strayed 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.
901 11/18/1947 13:00 Newcastle, Delaware Trans Continental and Western Air Training Lockheed L-049-46-26 Constellation NC86507 2028 5 5 0 Crashed short of the runway and burst into flames. The inadvertent landing of the aircraft short of the runway.
902 11/21/1947 Phouznicie, Romania TARS Bucurest - Prague Lisunov Li-2 YR-TAI 18423509 26 13 0 Crashed and burned on 2,000 ft. Tabor Peak in fog.
903 11/27/1947 Yakutat, Alaska Columbia Air Cargo Anchorage - Yakutat Douglas DC-3 NC95486 6065 13 13 0 Crashed 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.
904 11/27/1947 04:20 Montenegrin Mountains, Yugoslavia JAT Yugoslav Airlines Douglas DC-3 YU-ABC 22 22 0 The aircraft crashed and burned 2 miles from Titograd airport while attempting to land in a snowstorm.
905 11/27/1947 China National Aviation Corporation Douglas DC-3 3 2 0 The cargo plane was shot down by communist anti -aircraft fire.
906 11/28/1947 14:10 Near Trappa, Italy Military - U.S. Air Force Douglas C-47B 43-48736 20 20 0 Drifting 30 miles off the prescribed course, the aircraft crashed into snow covered mountains. The wreckage was discovered 8 months later.
907 11/30/1947 14:25 Seattle, Washington Alaska Airlines 009 Anchorage - Seattle Douglas C-54A NC-91009 7453 28 8 1 The 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.
908 12/10/1947 00:20 Near Goose Bay, Labrador Military - U.S. Air Force Goose Bay - Westover Field, MS Douglas C-54D-DC (DC-4) 42-72572 10677 29 23 0 The 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.
909 12/11/1947 18:10 Near Memphis, Tennessee Military - U.S. Air Force Douglas C-47-DK 44-76366 32698 20 20 0 After preparing to land, the aircraft went into a right-hand spiral and crashed for reasons unknown.
910 12/23/1947 Kunming, China Air Transport Short S-29 Stirling V OO-XAC 30 25 0
911 12/27/1947 Korangi Creek, India Air India Karachi - Bombay Douglas DC-3 (C-47) VT-AUG 4175 23 23 0 The 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.
912 12/28/1947 12:00 Leon, Mexico Servicio Aéreo Panini Dorango - Leon - Mexico City Douglas DC-2-172 XA-GEE 1408 9 5 3 Crashed near the Leon publisquare and destroyed 3 homes. Lost an engine while taking off and was attempting to return to the airport.
913 01/06/1948 Paris, France Air France Brussels - Paris Douglas DC-3D F-BAXC 42972 16 16 0 Crashed into trees a few hundred yards away from the runway while attempting to land at Le Bourget Airport.
914 01/06/1948 Ruislip, England British European Airways Renfrew - Northolt Vickers 610 Viking 1B G-AHPK 148 18 1 0 After 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.
915 01/07/1948 07:45 Near Savannah, Georgia Coastal Air Lines Charlston - Savannah Douglas DC-3 N60331 12968 27 18 0 After 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.
916 01/08/1948 Near Palestro, Algeria Transport Comp. Algerienne de T.A. Algiers - Biskra Douglas DC-3 F-BDLG 0275 9 9 0 Crashed into a mountainside.
917 01/11/1948 Ciudad Havajillo, Dominican Republic Dominicana Douglas DC-3 HI-6 4735 31 31 0
918 01/13/1948 04:36 Oxon Hill, Maryland Eastern Air Lines 572 Atlanta - Washington D.C. Douglas DC-3-201F NC28384 4092 9 5 0 The 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.
919 01/20/1948 Near Mukden, China China National Aviation Corporation Curtiss C-46 11 3 0 The heavily loaded plane rose 50 ft. into the air, nosed down and crashed in a snowstorm
920 08/09/1949 Salalah, Oman Military - Royal Air Force Douglas C-47B KN336 15901/32649 12 12 0 Crashed short of the runway.
921 01/28/1948 10:50 Diablo Mts., California Airline Transport Carriers Burbank - Oakland Douglas DC-3 (C-47B-DK) NC36480 16850/33598 32 32 0 The 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.
922 01/30/1948 03:00 AtlantiOcean, NE of Bermuda British South American Airways London - Havana Avro 688 Tudor I G-AHNP 1349 31 31 0 The 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.
923 02/07/1948 13:27 Off Jacksonville, Florida Eastern Air Lines 611 Lockheed L-649 Constellation NC112A 2533 69 1 0 The 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.
924 02/12/1948 Ubrichstein, Germany Det Danske Luftfartselskab Giessen - Bad Homberg Douglas DC-3 OY-DCI 7330 21 12 0 Crashed while on approach to Frankfurt.
925 02/20/1948 Collesalvetti, Italy Società Aerea Teseo Florence - Rome Douglas C-47-DL I-REGI 4312 10 7 0 The 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.
926 02/21/1948 Off St. Marcouf, France Latecoere Airlines Latecoere 631 F-BDRD 07 14 14 0 The aircraft was seen at Ste. Mere l'Eglise where it passed very low in poor weather and snow showers before crashing into the sea.
927 02/23/1948 Davao, Philippines Commercial Airways Douglas DC-3 PI-C262 12 12 0 Crashed 5 minutes after taking off from Mati.
928 02/25/1948 06:00 Columbus, Ohio Bruning Aviation Pittsburgh, PA - Columbus, OH Douglas C-47A NC36498 12527 2 2 0 The cargo plane struck trees while attempting to land.The continuation of an instrument approach below an altitude sufficient to clear the terrain en route.
929 02/27/1948 Near Belem, Brazil Military - Brazilian Air Force Rio de Janerio, Brazil - Cayenne, French Guianan Douglas C-47 C-47-2040 26 23 0 The plane, carrying Brazilian service personnel and their dependents crashed and burned while en route.
930 03/02/1948 Off Perpignan, France Société de Transports Aériens Junkers Ju-52/3m F-BBYC AAC223 4 4 0 The cargo flight crashed into the sea.
931 03/02/1948 21:14 Heathrow Airport, London, England Sabena Brussels - London Douglas DC-3 OO-AWH 43154 22 20 0 The 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.
932 03/07/1948 Near Skalafell, Iceland Loftleidir IcelandiAirlines Avro Anson TF-RVL 4185 5 5 0 Crashed into a mountain.
933 03/10/1948 22:58 Chicago, Illinois Delta Air Lines 700 Chicago - Miami Douglas DC-4 NC37478 18390 13 12 0 During 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.
934 03/12/1948 21:14 Mt. Sanford, Alaska Northwest Orient Airlines 4422 Anchorage - New York City Douglas DC-4 (C-54G-1-DO) NC95422 35966/DO360 30 30 0 On 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.
935 03/13/1948 Sierra Cristais, Brazil Cruzeiro Douglas DC-3 PP-CBX 11658 6 6 0 Struck the Sierra Cristais.
936 03/15/1948 Villa Pinzon, Colombia Agencia Interamericana de Aviada Douglas DC-3 (C47-DL) C-1002 6252 15 14 0
937 03/27/1948 Monte Cardo, Corsica, France Indian National Airlines Delhi - London Vickers 604 Viking 1B VT-CEL 166 19 19 0 Crashed into a 7,800 ft. mountain while en route.
938 04/05/1948 Near Berlin, Germany British European Airways / Military - Soviet Air Force Vickers Viking 1B & Soviet YAK-3 fighter G-AIVP 229 15 15 0 The 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.
939 04/15/1948 02:35 Shannon, Ireland Pan American World Airways 1-10 Belgium - Shannon Lockheed L-049-46 Constellation NC-88858 2058 31 30 0 While 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.
940 08/13/1949 Near Bogota, Colombia SAETA Bogota - Ibague Douglas C-47 HK-1200 32 32 0 Crashed in the Andes mountains while en route.
941 05/13/1948 11:00 Near Magazini, Belgian Congo (Zaire) Sabena Leopoldville - Libenga Douglas DC-4-1009 OO-CBE 42932 32 31 0 While 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.
942 05/13/1948 Mount Coron, France Skyways of London de Havilland Dove 1 G-AJOU 04058 10 10 0 The aircraft crashed in a storm. Kathleen Kennedy Cavendish, 28, sister of President John F. Kennedy, killed.
943 05/15/1948 Vrede, South Africa Mercury Aviation Durban - Johannesburg - London Douglas DC-3-455 ZS-BWY 6341 13 13 0 Crashed into Spitzkop mountain after drifting off course in poor weather. The aircraft was named 'Miss France.'
944 05/16/1948 20:42 Columbus, Ohio Slick Airways Newark, NJ - Chicago, IL Curtiss C-46E NC59489 2938 2 2 0 Cargo flight. The in-flight failure of the fuselage carry-in structure beneath the fin, due to extreme turbulence.
945 05/20/1948 Near Bovingdon, England Air Transport Charter Douglas C-47A G-AJBG 14003/25448 4 3 0 Cargo 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.
946 05/25/1948 Albacete, Spain Alpha Airways Handley Page Halifax C-8 G-AKBA 1303 4 4 1 Crashed on takeoff.
947 06/10/1948 Ile of Man Hargreaves Airways de Havilland DH-89A Dragon Rapide G-AIUI 6675 8 6 0
948 06/17/1948 12:41 Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania United Air Lines 624 Chicago - New York City Douglas DC-6 NC37506 42871/12 43 43 0 The 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.
949 06/26/1948 Maiquetia, Venezuela Linea Aeropostal Venezolana Douglas DC-3 YV-C-AHI 16992/34254 17 1 0 Crashed during a landing attempt.
950 07/01/1948 Keerbergen, Belgium Avio Linee Italiane Milano - Brussels Fiat G.212CP I-ELSA 04 12 8 0 Crashed after overrunning the runway.
951 07/04/1948 Northolt, Middlesex, England Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Douglas DC-6 / RAF York MW248 SE-BDA 43119/111 32 32 0 A 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.
952 07/07/1948 Djiring, French Indo-China Aigle Azur Saigon - Da Lat Douglas DC-3 F-BCYP 9158 16 16 0 Crashed into mountains 50 miles southwest of Da Lat.
953 07/14/1948 Belem, Brazil Aerovias Brasil Douglas C-47A PP-AVO 19113 5 5 0 The 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.
954 07/16/1948 PacifiOcean between Hong Kong and Macao Cathay PacifiAirways Macau - Hong Kong Consolidated OA-10 Catalina VR-HDT 26 25 0 The 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.
955 07/24/1948 Cap-des-Rosiers, Quebec, Canada Rimouski Airlines Port Meunier - Gaspé Douglas DC-3 CF-FKY 6246 26 26 0 The aircraft hit a mountain top at Cap-des-Rosiers, 12 miles from its destination in fog and burned.
956 07/29/1948 Buenos Aires, Argentina ALFA Rosario - Bueno Aires Short Sandringham 2 (flying boat) LV-AAP SH-02C 24 18 0 Crashed and sank near the shore of the River Plate while attempting to land in fog.
957 07/29/1948 Tsingtao, China Civil Air Transport Curtiss C-46D-20-CU XT-822 22355 24 19 0 Crashed during a landing attempt.
958 08/01/1948 1,200 miles off Dakar, AtlantiOcean Air France Fort de France - Port Etienne Latecoere 631 (flying boat) F-BDRC 06 52 52 0 Disappeared 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.
959 08/01/1948 Karachi, Pakistan Onzeair Avro 691 Lancastrian AP-ACM 4 4 0 Cargo 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.
960 08/09/1948 Port Underwood, New Zealand New Zealand National Airways Douglas C-47B ZK-AOE 16383/33131 2 2 0 Cargo flight.
961 08/20/1948 La Guaira, Venezuela Avensa La Guaira - Las Piedras Douglas C-47A YV-C-AVN 19985 3 3 0 The cargo plane disappeared en route.
962 05/24/1950 Near Pasto, Colombia LANSA Popayan - Ipiales Douglas C-47 HK-307 10194 26 25 0 Struck the side of Galeras Volcano.
963 08/29/1948 17:05 Near Winona, Minnesota Northwest Orient Airlines 421 Chicago - Minneapolis Martin 202 NC93044 9165 37 37 0 Crashed 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.
964 08/31/1948 Near Elizabethville, Belgium Congo Sabena Manono - Elizabethville Douglas DC-3 (Douglas C-47A-10-DK) OO-CBL 12420 13 13 0 Crashed en route. Reasons undetermined.
965 09/02/1948 Near Quirindi, Australia Australian National Airways Brisbane - Sidney Douglas DC-3 VH-ANK 9999 13 13 0 Strayed off course and struck Square Peak Mountain at an altitude of 4,600 feet.
966 10/02/1948 Near Trondheim, Norway Norwegian Airlines Fornebu - Hommelvik Short Sandringham 6 (flying boat) LN-IWA SH-52C 45 19 0 Crashed while attempting to land in crosswinds and high seas.
967 10/20/1948 23:32 Prestwick Airport, Scotland KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Amsterdam - Prestwick - New York City Lockheed 049-46-25 Constellation PH-TEN 2083 40 40 0 The 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.
968 10/23/1948 Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand New Zealand National Airways Palmerston - Hamilton Lockheed 10A Electra ZK-AGK 1128 13 13 0 Crashed 700 feet from the summit of a mountain while en route.
969 10/27/1948 16:50 Near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Northwest Orient Airlines 6427 Edmonton - Anchorage, AK Douglas C-54A NC88785 10406 5 2 0 Cargo flight. The captain's action in undertaking simulated emergency procedures at a dangerously low altitude.
970 11/03/1948 10:50 Near Glossop, England Military - U.S. Air Force - RAF Scrampton - Burtonwood AFB Boeing B-29 Superfortress 44-61999 13 13 0 Twenty-five minutes into the flight, the pilot descended prematurely and collided with a cloud covered mountain.
971 11/04/1948 05:44 Cape Spencer, Alaska PacifiAlaska Air Freight Yakutat - Annette Douglas DC-3 N66637 11800 17 17 0 Lost contact with the aircraft after the crew reported passing Cape Spencer. The wreckage was never found. Cause undetermined.
972 11/08/1948 07:40 Mt. Macedon, Australia Australian National Airways Melbourne - Denilquin Douglas DC-3 VH-UZK 2003 23 3 0 Crashed into Mt. Macedon hidden in fog. The pilot deviated off course from his flight plan and failed to follow VFR flight rules.
973 11/11/1948 Liverpool, England Mannin Airways de Havilland DH-89A Dragon Rapide G-AKOF 6538 9 8 0 Crashed after running out of fuel.
974 11/26/1948 Vehari, Pakistan Pakistan Airways Karachi - Lohore Douglas DC-3 AP-ACE 12775 21 21 0 The 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.
975 12/05/1948 Kiangwan, China Central Air Transport Curtiss C-46 XT-538 40 9 0 Overshot runway, crashed and burned.
976 12/06/1948 Milan, Italy Milan - Brussels Douglas C-47 I-ETNA 4396 7 7 0 The aircraft crashed during takeoff in fog.
977 12/12/1948 Taipei, Taiwan China National Aviation Corporation Shanghai - Taipei Douglas DC-3 10 2 0 Crashed while attempting to land.
978 12/15/1948 Near Bogata, Colombia LANSA Bogota - Barranquilla Douglas C-47 C-310 13807 30 30 0 Crashed shortly after taking off from Bogata.
979 12/21/1948 Near Pilos, Greece Ceskoslovenske Aerolinie Rome - Athens Douglas DC-3 OK-WDE 12894 23 23 0 Crashed in the Taigetos Mountains while en route.
980 12/21/1948 Basalt Island, Hong Kong China National Aviation Corporation Shanghai - Hong Konk Douglas C-54B-5-DO XT-104 18348 33 33 0 Crashed 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.
981 12/23/1948 Near Madrid, Spain Iberia Airlines Madrid - Barcelona Douglas DC-3 (C-47-DL) EC-ABK 4256 27 27 0 Crashed into Pandols Mountain while en route.
982 12/28/1948 04:13 Off San Juan, Puerto Rico Airborne Transport San Juan - Miami Douglas DC-3 N16002 1496 32 32 0 Radio 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.
983 12/31/1948 17:52 Mt. Argentari, Italy Pan African Air Charter Athens - Nice Douglas DC-3 ZS-BYX 12587 12 12 0 Crashed 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.
984 01/02/1949 22:05 Seattle, Washington Seattle Air Charter Seattle - New Haven Douglas DC-3 (C-47A-DL) NC79025 10181 30 14 0 The 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.
985 01/05/1949 Caravelas Bay, Brazil British South American Airways Avro 685 York 1 G-AHEX 1301 17 3 0 A 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.
986 01/06/1949 07:20 Brandywine, Maryland Coastal Cargo Raleigh, NC - Boston, MA Douglas C-47A NC53210 13777 2 2 0 Cargo 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.
987 01/11/1949 Near Pelotas, Brazil Viacao Aerea Gaucha S.A. Porto Alegre - Sao Borja Lockheed 18 Lodestar PP-SAC 12 12 0 The aircraft crashed shortly after taking off. Engine failure due to fuel contamination.
988 01/15/1949 Ras-el-Tin, Egypt Pan African Air Charter Douglas C-54 Skymaster ZS-AYB 19584 30 30 0 Ditched in a lagoon.
989 01/16/1949 Balihal Pass, India Dalmia Jain Airways Douglas DC-3 VT-CDZ 14145/25590 13 13 0
990 01/17/1949 13:40 AtlantiOcean, off Bermuda British South American Airways Bermuda - Kingston Avro 688 Tudor 4B G-AGRE 1253 20 20 0 Lost 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.
991 01/17/1949 09:50 Near Succoth Glen, Lochgoilhead, Scotland Military - U.S. Air Force RAF Scampton - Keflavik - Kansas Boeing B-29A Superfortress 44-62276 20 20 0 The aircraft, part of the 301st BG 15 AFW, cashed into mountains after encountering icing conditions.
992 01/20/1949 20:05 Homer, Alaska Alaska Airlines 8 Homer - Anchorage Douglas DC-3C N91006 20208 6 5 0 The 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.
993 01/30/1949 16:22 Port Washington, New York Pan American World Airways 100 Lockheed L-749 / Cessna 140 NC86530/NC76981 2528 / 35 2 0 Midair 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.
994 02/02/1949 Trinity Bay, Newfoundland Saint Lawrence Airways Avro Anson CF-FEO 3708 6 6 0
995 02/04/1949 Castel Benito, Libya Skyways of London Khartoum - Castel Benito Douglas C-54A-1-DO Skymaster G-AJPL 7464 53 1 0 The 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.
996 02/05/1949 Buenaventura Bay, Colombia AVIANCA Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina HK-134 14 3 0 Crashed while attempting to land.
997 02/08/1949 19:56 Off Copenhagen, Denmark Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Paris - Copenhagen Vickers 628 Viking 1B OY-DLU 199 27 27 0 Crashed 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.
998 02/10/1949 Near Huanuco, Peru Faucett Tingo Maria - Huanuco Douglas DC-3 OB-PAV-223 15374/26819 16 16 0 Struck a mountain as the plane approached Huanuco.
999 02/19/1949 Near Coventry, Warks, England British European Airways / Military - British London - Glasgow Douglas DC-3 / Avro Anson G-AHCW/VV243 13308 14 14 0 Midair 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.
1000 02/24/1949 Braemar Resevoir, Hong Kong Cathay PacifiAirways Manila, Philippines - Hong Kong Douglas DC-3 VR-HDG 20576 23 23 0 Crashed near Braemar Resevoir after a go-around in poor weather.
1001 11/15/1951 Near Lodz, Poland LOT Polish Airlines Douglas DC-3 SP-LCG 1965 16 16 0 Crashed during takeoff.
1002 03/10/1949 09:50 Coolangatta, Australia Queensland Airlines Coolangatta - Brisbane Lockheed 18 Lodestar VH-BAG 2194 16 16 0 Crashed 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.
1003 03/15/1949 Berlin, Germany Skyways Avro 685 York I G-AHFI 1316 3 3 0 The cargo plane crashed while attempting to land.
1004 03/18/1949 09:40 Near Waikanae, New Zealand New Zealand National Airways Auckland - Wellington Lockheed 18 Lodestar ZK-AKX 2382 15 15 0 Crashed into a hill while on approach.
1005 05/04/1949 17:04 Superga, Italy Avio Linee Italiane Barcelona - Torino FIAT G-212CP I-ELCE 5 31 31 0 The 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.
1006 05/07/1949 16:00 Sibuyan Sea, off the Philippine island of Elalat Philippine Air Lines Daet - Manila Douglas DC-3 PI-C-98 16743/33491 13 13 0 The 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.
1007 06/06/1949 Malahasa Attica, Greece Tech - Aeronautical Explotiation Kavallo - Athens Douglas DC-3 SX-BAI 12162 22 22 0 Crashed into a mountainside 30 miles northeast of Athens.
1008 06/07/1949 14:00 Near Florianpolis, Brazil Military - Brazilian Air Force Florianpolis - Porto Alegre Douglas C-47B C-47-2023 27 27 0 The aircraft crashed into a mountain shortly after taking off from Florianpolis.
1009 06/07/1949 00:25 San Juan, Puerto Rico Strato Freight San Juan - Miami Curtiss C-46D-5-CU N92857 30506 81 53 0 The 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.
1010 06/23/1949 Off Bari, Italy KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Batavia - Amsterdam Lockheed 749-79-33 Constellation PH-TER 2541 33 33 0 Crashed 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.
1011 07/02/1949 Near Guildford, Australia MaRoberston-Miller Airlines Guildford - Darwin Douglas C-47A-20-DL VH-MME 9350 18 18 0 The plane crashed and burst into flames into a housing camp south of Guildford shortly after taking off.
1012 07/12/1949 03:50 Near Bombay, India KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Delhi - Bombay Lockheed L-749-79-33 Constellation PH-TDF 2558 45 45 0 While 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.
1013 07/12/1949 07:43 Chatsworth, California Standard Airlines 897R Albuquerque - Burbank Curtiss C-46E-1-CS N79978 2936 48 35 0 The 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.
1014 07/19/1949 21:01 Seattle, Washington Air Transport Associates Seattle - Chicago Curtiss C-46F-1-CU N5075N 22463 32 2 4 A 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.
1015 07/30/1949 10:45 Chesterfield, New Jersey Eastern Air Lines / Military - USN 557 New York City - Wilmington Douglas DC-3 -201D/ F-6-F- 5 Hellcat N19963/BU72887 2260 / 16 16 0 Midair 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.
1016 08/02/1949 11:30 Jaquirana, Brazil Varig Sao Paulo - Porto Alegre Curtiss C-46D-10-CU PP-VBI 33100 36 5 0 Twenty 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.
1017 08/03/1949 Sao Francisco Bay, Brazil Lineas Aéreas Brasil Douglas DC-3 PP-AJB 9971 30 5 0 Both the No. 1 and No. 2 propellers detached in flight which led to the crew ditching the plane close to shore.
1018 08/06/1949 Salasaca, Ecuador Shell Co of Ecuador Mers Nueva - Ambato Bristol 170 Freighter 21 HC-SBU 12739 34 34 0 The aircraft was part of relief efforts of the Ecuador earthquake.
1019 08/15/1949 Off Lurga Point, Ireland Transocean Air Lines Rome - Shannon Douglas DC-3 (C-54A-DO) N79989 3076 58 8 0 Fuel 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.
1020 08/19/1949 12:00 Oldham, England British European Airways Belfast - Manchester Douglas DC-3 G-AHCY 12355 24 24 0 Crashed 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.
1021 08/21/1949 23:30 Near Bigstone Lake, Manitoba Military - Royal Canadian Air Force Churchhill - Winnipeg Consolidated Canso (amphibian) 11057 21 21 0 Crashed and burned in a wooded area after entering an area of thunderstorms.
1022 08/27/1949 Leopoldville, Zaire Sabena Leopoldville - Elizabethville Douglas C-47B-5-DK OO-CBK 14600/26045 20 5 0 The 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.
1023 09/09/1949 10:45 Sault-aux-Cochons, PQ, Canada Canadian PacifiAir Lines Montreal - Comeau Bay Douglas DC-3 CF-CUA 4518 23 23 0 The 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.
1024 09/26/1949 Mt. Popocatepetl, Mexico Mexicana Tapacula - Mexico City Douglas DC-3 XA-DUH 11725 24 24 0 Crashed into a 15,000 ft. snow covered volcano, Mt. Popocatepetl.
1025 09/27/1949 Near Castilla, Argentina Flota Aérea Mercante Argentina Douglas C-54A-1-DO LV-ABI 7445 27 5 0 Crashed 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.
1026 10/09/1949 Cheyenne, Wyoming Slick Airways 11-8 Las Vegas - Denver Curtiss C-46E-1-CS N59485 2939 4 4 0 Diverted 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.
1027 10/28/1949 02:50 San Miguel Island, Azores Air France Paris - Santa Maria - New York City Lockheed 749-79-33 Constellation F-BAZN 2546 48 48 0 While 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.
1028 11/01/1949 11:45 Arlington, Virginia Eastern Air Lines / Military - Bolivian Air Force 537 Boston - Washington D.C. - New Orleans Douglas C-54B / P-38 N88727/NX26927 18365 / 55 55 0 Midair 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.
1029 11/04/1949 21:34 Akron, Ohio Harrington's Inc Philadelphia - Cleveland Douglas DC-3 NC29086 4304 3 3 0 The 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.
1030 11/20/1949 16:56 Near Oslo, Norway Aero Holland Brussels - Oslo Douglas C-47A PH-TFA 13462 35 34 0 Crashed while en route.
1031 11/28/1949 16:45 Chaleyssin, France Air France Paris - Lyons - Tunis Douglas DC-4 F-BELO 10391 38 5 0 Crashed while on approach to Lyons.
1032 11/29/1949 05:49 Dallas, Texas American Airlines 157 New York City - Mexico City Douglas DC-6 N90728 42895/58 46 28 0 During 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.
1033 12/01/1949 Taquaracucu, Brazil REAL Sao Palo, Brazil - Jacarezinho, Panama Douglas DC-3 (C-47-DL) PP-YPM 4241 22 20 0 Crashed 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.
1034 12/07/1949 17:15 Vallejo, California Arrow Airlines Burbank - Oakland - Sacramento Douglas DC-3 NC60256 9201 9 9 0 Struck 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.
1035 12/09/1949 Near Lanchow, China Civil Air Transport Curtiss C-46D-CU XT-820 22354 38 38 0
1036 12/10/1949 Near Hoikow, China Civil Air Transport Chengdu - Hoikow Curtiss C-46D-CU XT-814 22347 40 17 0 Crashed on the outskirts of Hoikow, Hainan Island.
1037 12/12/1949 21:51 Jungshahi, Pakistan Pakair Douglas DC-3 AP-ADI 4841 26 26 0 Hit a mountain and burned 30 miles north of Karachi airport. Navigational error.
1038 12/12/1949 20:45 Washington, D.C. Capital Airlines 500 New Port News - Washington D.C. Douglas DC-3-313A NC-25691 2556 23 6 0 The 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.
1039 12/16/1949 Orizaba, Mexico Mexicana Mexico City - Merida Douglas DC-3 XA-DUK 11721 17 17 0 Crashed into a mountain while en route.
1040 12/18/1949 20:30 Aulnay-sous-Bois, France Sabena Douglas C-47A-60-DL OO-AUQ 10241 8 8 0 Crashed after the wing failed during takeoff.
1041 12/30/1949 Comilla, Pakistan Bharat Airways Agartala - Calcutta Douglas C-54A-DO VT-CYK 3089 7 7 0 Crashed and burned after attempting an emergency landing.
1042 01/18/1950 Albacete, Spain Ejercito del Aire Junkers JU-52/3m 16 16 0 The military plane crashed on the southeast coast of Spain.
1043 01/20/1950 12:00 Near Vacas, Bolivia Military - Bolivian Air Force Valle grande - Cochabamba Douglas C-47 TAM-10 32 32 0 Crashed while en route in the Andes mountains after encountering a thunderstorm.
1044 01/24/1950 Near Tamatave, Madagascar Societe Transatlantique Aerienne Antananarivo - Tamatave Douglas C-47A-50-DL F-BFGD 10046 14 14 0 Crashed into a mountain 30 miles west of Tamatave.
1045 01/24/1950 Iloilo,Philippines Philippine Air Lines Iloilo - Manila Douglas DC-3 PI-C22 4 4 0 Cargo plane.
1046 01/26/1950 Near Snag, Yukon Territory Military - U.S. Air Force Elmendorf - Great Falls, MT Douglas C-54D-DC (DC-4) 42-72469 10574 44 44 0 Operated 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.
1047 02/02/1950 North Sea KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Amsterdam - London Douglas DC-3 PH-TEU 13396 7 7 0 Crash into the ocean during a night mail flight shortly after takeoff, 40 miles off the Dutch coast.
1048 02/27/1950 Near Prague, Czechoslovakia Ceskoslovenske Aerolinie Ostrava - Prague Douglas C-47A-15-DK OK-WDY 12725 5 5 0 The aircraft crashed into a mountain while en route.
1049 03/07/1950 20:59 Minneapolis, Minnesota Northwest Orient Airlines 307 Rochester Minn. - Minneapolis Martin 202 N93050 9134 13 13 2 Crashed 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.
1050 03/10/1950 Saigon, Vietnam Societe Indochinoise de Transport Aeriens Hue - Tourane Bristol 170 Freighter 21 F-BECR 12782 4 4 0 Cargo plane.
1051 03/12/1950 14:50 Llandow Airport, Cardiff, Wales Fairflight Ltd. Llandow - Dublin Avro 689 Tudor 5 G-AKBY 1417 83 80 0 During 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.
1052 03/25/1950 Ankara, Turkey Devlet Hava Yollairi Douglas DC-3 TC-BAL 19423 15 15 0 Crashed and caught fire during landing at Etimeagut airport.
1053 03/28/1950 Off Cap-Ferret, France SEMAF Latecoere 631 (sea plane) F-WANU 03 12 12 0 Loss of control after mechanical failure and crashed into the sea. Failure of the aileron control couplings resulting from severe vibration.
1054 04/05/1950 Hatiara, India Deccan Airways Douglas C-47A VT-CJD 12826 3 3 0 The cargo plane lost an engine on takeoff and attempted an emergency return but crashed. Overloaded.
1055 04/15/1950 Santa Ana, Colombia Lineas Aéreas Nacionales Douglas C-47 (DC-3) HK-309 25 25 0
1056 04/21/1950 23:25 Near Atsugi, Japan Military - U.S. Air Force Philippines - Japan Douglas C-54D 42-72704 35 35 0 Flew off its prescribed course and crashed into Mt. Tanzawa in a rainstorm.
1057 05/02/1950 Chimborcza, Ecuador AVIANCA Quito - Guayaquil Douglas C-47DL HK-120 4314 15 15 0 Flew into a mountain.
1058 05/17/1950 20:59 Lagens Air Force Base, Azores Military - U.S. Air Force Bermuda - England Boeing B-29 16 16 0 Crashed while attempting to land after being diverted to Lagens due to engine trouble.
1059 05/23/1950 10:20 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Military - U.S. Air Force Curtiss C-46D 44-77577 32973 39 39 0 Lost the left aileron after taking off, lost control and crashed.
1060 05/27/1950 17:30 Teterboro, New Jersey Regina Cargo Airlines Curtiss C-46F-1-CU N9406H 22582 2 1 0 The 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.
1061 05/30/1950 Near Iheus, Brazil Aerovias Brasil Victoria - Salvador Douglas DC-3 PP-AVZ 9156 15 13 0 During 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.
1062 06/05/1950 22:03 AtlantiOcean off Florida Westair Transport San Juan - Wilmington NC Curtiss C-46-F-1-CU N1248N 22496 65 28 0 Ditched 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.
1063 06/09/1950 19:00 Near Fonseca, Colombia New Tribes Mission Kingston, Jamacia - Maracaibo, Venezuela Douglas DC-3-178 N16030 1546 15 15 0 Crashed and burned 19 miles east northeast of Fonseca well off course. Cause unknown.
1064 06/12/1950 21:52 Off Bahrain Air France Saigon - Paris Douglas DC-4-1009 F-BBDE 42937 52 46 0 While 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.
1065 06/14/1950 21:55 Off Bahrain Air France Saigon - Paris Douglas DC-4-1009 F-BBDM 42990 53 40 0 The 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.
1066 06/23/1950 23:25 Lake Michigan, 18 NNW of Benton Harbor, Michigan Northwest Orient Airlines 2501 New York City - Minneapolis-St. Paul Douglas DC-4 N95425 10270 58 58 0 En 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.
1067 06/26/1950 23:00 York, Australia Ansett ANA Guildford - Melbourne Douglas DC-4-1009 VH-ANA 42910 29 29 0 The 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.'
1068 07/07/1950 Busan, South Korea Military - U.S. Air Force Douglas C-54G 45-0518 35971 23 23 0 Struck a mountain.
1069 07/09/1950 Casablanca, Morocco Aigle Azur Paris - Dakar Douglas DC-3 F-BFGL 13824 29 22 0 Crashed on climb-out.
1070 07/17/1950 Near Patharkot, India Indian National Airlines Delhi - Sringagar Douglas DC-3 VT-ATS 20359 22 22 0 The left wing separated from the plane in extreme turbulence from a thunderstorm.
1071 07/18/1950 Near Bocoio, Angola DTA Angola Airlines Nova Lisboa - Lobito Douglas DC-3 CR-LBK 13769 9 9 0
1072 07/27/1950 04:30 Off O-shima Island, Japan Military - U.S. Air Force Douglas C-47D 44-76439A 26 25 0 The 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.
1073 07/28/1950 Porte Alegre, Brazil Panair do Brasil Rio de Janeiro - Porte Algegre Lockheed 049 Constellation PP-PCG 2962 50 50 0 The aircraft flew into power lines during a landing attempt after running out of fuel while in a holding pattern.
1074 07/29/1950 Tunbukta, Algeria Cie Air Transport Algiers - Gao Bristol 170 Freighter 21 F-BENF 12738 26 26 0 An explosion in the left wing fuel tank tore off the upper wing surface leading to loss of control of the aircraft.
1075 08/05/1950 22:00 Near Fairfield, California Military - U.S. Air Force Boeing B-29MR 46-87651 20 12 7 The 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.
1076 08/25/1950 Kampong Jenera, Malaysia Military - Royal Air Force Changi, Singapore - Kota Baru Douglas C-47B KN630 16538/33286 12 12 0 The plane crashed in the steep forested foothills in the Gua Musang district.
1077 08/31/1950 00:03 Near Wadi Natrun, Egypt Trans World Airlines 903 Cairo - Rome Lockheed 749A Constellation N6004C 2636 55 55 0 While 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.'
1078 09/04/1950 14:10 Utica, New York Robinson Airlines 32 Utica, NY - Newark, NJ Douglas DC-3 N18936 2011 23 16 0 Engine 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.
1079 09/14/1950 Tehran, Iran Iran Air Douglas DC-3 EP-AAG 9813 8 8 0 Crashed during takeoff.
1080 09/20/1950 05:20 Kwajalein, Marshall Islands Military - U.S. Navy Kwajzalein - Tokyo Douglas R5D-3 56496 10624 26 26 0 Crashed into the sea and exploded 3 minutes after taking off from Kwajalein. Possible vertigo experienced by the pilot or malfunction of the instruments.
1081 09/21/1950 Near Zagreb, Yugoslavia JAT Yugoslav Airlines Belgrad - Paula Douglas DC-3 YU-ABD 13311 11 10 0 Crashed during landing.
1082 09/23/1950 Karlstad, Sweden Svenska Aero Karlstad - Stockholm Avro Ninteen I SE-BRS 1321 10 10 0 Reached an altitude of 200 feet, stalled and crashed to the ground.
1083 09/26/1950 01:00 Near Kyushu Island, Japan Military - U.S. Air Force Ashiya AB - Kimpo AB Douglas C-54D-DC (DC-4) 42-72457 10562 51 23 0 Crashed in the Korea strait 1mile from the end of the runway after taking off from Ashiya Air Base.
1084 10/13/1950 Casablanca, Morocco Air Atlas Casablanca - Algiers Douglas DC-3 F-BAXM 20245 7 4 0
1085 10/13/1950 Almelund, Minnisota Northwest Orient Airlines Training Martin 202 NC93037 9158 6 6 0 Crashed 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.
1086 10/17/1950 London, England British European Airways London - Glasgow Douglas C-47A G-AGIW 12186 29 28 0 Crashed into trees on Mill Hill after engine failure during takeoff. Everyone except one flight attendant was killed.
1087 10/31/1950 19:54 London Heathrow, England British European Airways Paris - London Vickers 610 Viking-1B G-AHPN 155 30 28 0 Crashed 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.
1088 11/03/1950 09:43 Mont Blanc, France Air India 245 Bombay - Cairo - Geneva - London Lockheed 749 Constellation VT-CQP 2506 48 48 0 The 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.'
1089 11/06/1950 08:15 Butte, Montana Northwest Orient Airlines 115 Helena - Butte Martin 202 N93040 9161 21 21 0 The 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.
1090 11/13/1950 18:00 Mt. Tete de L'Obiou, France Curtiss-Reid Flying Services Ltd. (Canada) Rome - Paris Douglas C-54B-1-DC CF-EDN 10518 52 52 0 The 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.
1091 11/17/1950 Surabaya, Indonesia Garuda Indonesia Airlines Douglas DC-3 PK-DPB 19005 23 2 0 Veered off the runway and crashed into a ditch..
1092 11/21/1950 Near Moran Junction, Wyoming New Tribes Mission Chico, CA - Billings, WY Douglas DC-3 N74586 19711 21 21 0 The 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.
1093 11/23/1950 Cuzco, Peru Faucett Maldorado - Quincemil Douglas DC-3 OB-PAU-201 15992/32740 9 9 0 Crashed into a hill in poor weather conditions while en route.
1094 11/25/1950 Khitka, Bhutan Indamer Douglas C-47A VT-COI 14037/25482 3 3 0 Failure of the pilots to remain alert and maintain a proper look out resulting in the aircraft flying into the side of a hill.
1095 12/01/1950 Near Chamaran, Iran Iran Air Douglas DC-3 EP-AAJ 13572 8 8 0 Flew into a mountain.
1096 12/08/1950 Ruig Piner, France Air Atlas Casablanca - Perpignan Douglas DC-3 F-BAXY 16100/32848 7 5 0 Flew into a mountain in the Pyrenees.
1097 12/08/1950 Bangui, French Equatorial Africa T.A. Intercontinentaux Douglas C-54A F-BELB 3084 56 46 0 Crashed 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.
1098 12/13/1950 Katagiri, India Air India Douglas DC-3 VT-CFK 14604/2604 21 21 0 Flew into a mountain due to a navigational error.
1099 12/13/1950 Londrina, Brazil VASP Douglas DC-3 PP-SPT 20543 9 9 3 The 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.
1100 12/15/1950 13:30 Valera, Venezuela Avensa Merida - Caracas Douglas C-47-DL YC-C-AVU 4432 31 31 0 The 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.
1101 12/19/1950 07:30 Near Baguio, Philippines Military - U.S. Air Force Naha AB - Clark AB Douglas C54E-DO (DC-4) 44-9096 27322 38 38 0 Proceeding on instruments, the aircraft crashed into Mt. Tabayowhile en route. Navigation error.
1102 12/22/1950 13:53 Penticton, British Columbia, Canada Canadian PacifiAir Lines 4 Vancouver - Penticton Douglas DC-3 CF-CUF 12855 18 2 0 Struck trees on Mt. Okanagan while making an approach to Penticton. Drifted below the minimum altitude permissible.
1103 12/30/1950 Santiago del Estado, Argentina Aerolineas Argentinas Mar del Plata - Buenos Douglas DC-3 LV-ACH 13027 18 17 0 Crashed 60 miles north of the airport after taking off from Mar del Plata.
1104 01/12/1951 Ixopo, South Africa United Airways de Havilland Dove 1 ZS-DDW 04017 12 12 0 Broke up in turbulence.
1105 01/13/1951 Mt. Bukit, Besar,Thailand Air Carriers Butterworth - Kota Bharu Douglas DC-3 VR-HEP 15782/32530 10 10 0 Crashed into Bukit Besar Mountain while en route.
1106 01/14/1951 14:13 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania National Airlines 83 Newark - Philadelphia Douglas DC-4-1009 N74685 43102 28 7 0 The 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.
1107 01/16/1951 12:14 Near Reardon, Washington Northwest Orient Airlines 115 Minneapolis - Seattle Martin 202 N93054 9144 10 10 0 While 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.
1108 01/17/1951 14:36 Near Civitavecchia, Italy Alitalia Paris - Rome Savoia Marchetti SM-95 I-DALO 10 17 14 0 The 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.
1109 01/28/1951 08:40 Near An tung, Taiwan Military -Royal Air Force Hong Kong - Iwakuni, Japan Short Sunderland 9 (flying boat) PP107 16 16 0 Crashed into mountainous terrain while en route. Most likely weather related.
1110 01/31/1951 16:45 Off Hafnarfjorour, Iceland Icelandair Vestmannaeyar Island - Reykjavík Douglas DC-3 TF-ISG 12482 20 20 0 Crashed 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.
1111 02/01/1951 Off Terceira, Portugal Military - Portuguese Air Force Douglas C-54 282 14 14 0 Ditched in the ocean while on approach.
1112 02/03/1951 Near Mt. Cameroun, Buea, Nigeria Air France Douala - Niamey Douglas DC-4 F-BBDO 42992 29 29 0 Crashed into a mountain at 8,500 feet. Navigation error. Incorrect procedures followed by crew. The crew followed a different and inaccurate course.
1113 02/14/1951 Yali, Colombia Lineas Aéreas Nacionales Curtiss C-46A HK-333 2 2 0 Cargo plane.
1114 03/02/1951 09:12 Sioux City, Iowa Mid Continent Airlines 16 Kansas City, MO - Omaha, NB - Sioux City, Iowa Douglas DC-3 N19928 7400 25 16 0 After 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.
1115 03/11/1951 Mt. Butler, Hong Kong PacifiOverseas Airways Douglas DC-4 HS-POS 10396 24 24 0 Crashed 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.'
1116 03/21/1951 Corozal, Colombia LANSA Douglas C-47 HK-315 9073 27 27 0 Crashed while on a flight to Cartagena.
1117 03/22/1951 23:50 Over the North Atlantic Military - U.S. Air Force Loring AFB - Lakeheath AFB Douglas C-124A Globemaster 49-244 43173 53 53 0 The aircraft suffered an catastrophiexplosion and crashed into the sea approximately 750 miles west of Limerick, Ireland. Cause unknown
1118 07/15/1966 Pakistan Military - Pakistan Air Force Lockheed C-130B Hercules 24142 3768 10 10 0 Struck a mountain.
1119 03/22/1951 Off Florianopolis, Brazil Cruzeiro Douglas DC-3 PP-CCX 7341 14 3 0 The No. 2 engine failed on a go-around in reduced visibility and rain and the aircraft crashed into the ocean.
1120 03/26/1951 Rio Grande, Argentina Aerolineas Argentinas Ushuaia - Buenos Aires Douglas DC-3 LV-ACY 12291 20 11 2 Crashed shortly after takeoff.
1121 04/02/1951 Bogota, Colombia AVIANCA Douglas DC-3 HK-142 1957 26 26 0
1122 04/06/1951 20:30 Refugio Pass, near Santa Barbara, California Southwest Airways 7 Santa Maria - Santa Barbara - Oxnard - Los Angeles Douglas DC-3 N63439 20229 22 22 0 The 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.
1123 04/08/1951 11:35 Near Charleston, West Virginia Military - U.S. Air Force Godman AFB - Charleston, WV Douglas C-47B-DK 43-48298 25559 21 21 0 The 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.
1124 04/09/1951 Cape d'Arguilar, Hong Kong Siamese Airways Bangkok - Hong Kong Douglas DC-3 HS-SAE 16 16 0 The 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.
1125 04/25/1951 11:49 Key West, Florida Cubana de Aviacion / Military - US Navy 493 Miami - Havana Douglas DC-4 /Beechcraft SMB-1 CU-T188/39939 10368 43 43 0 The 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.
1126 04/28/1951 19:32 Fort Wayne, Indiana United Air Lines 129 Cleveland - Fort Wayne - South Bend - Chicago Douglas DC-3 N16088 1927 11 11 0 The 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.
1127 05/06/1951 12:30 Near Albuquerque, New Mexico Military - U.S. Air Force Convair B-36D 49-2660 25 23 0 The 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.
1128 05/08/1951 Bordeaux, France Hunting Air Travel Bordeaux - Bovingdon Vickers 639 Viking 1 G-AHPD 134 32 2 0 No. 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.
1129 05/18/1951 Rancharia, Brazil VASP Santa Cruz de Rio Prado - Presidente Prudent Douglas DC-3 PP-SPL 17011/34274 6 6 0 Hit a mountain in fog. Pilot's decision to fly VFR in unfavorable weather conditions.
1130 06/03/1951 New Boston, Texas Military - U.S. Air Force Fairchild C-82 10 10 0 Struck by lightning and crashed.
1131 06/06/1951 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Lineas Aéreas Trans. Brasileira Douglas DC-3D PP-NAL 42979 19 2 0 Crashed 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.
1132 06/15/1951 Medellin, Colombia Sociedad Aeronautica Medellin Douglas C-47A HK-504 10062 3 3 0 Cargo plane.
1133 06/22/1951 03:25 Near Sanoyea, Liberia Pan American World Airways 151 Johannesburg - Accra - Monrovia - New York Lockheed 049 Constellation N88846 2046 40 40 0 The 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.
1134 06/29/1951 Near Rijeka, Yugoslavia JAT Yugoslav Airlines Rejeka and Zagreb Junkers 52/3m YU-ACE 316 14 14 0 Crashed en route.
1135 06/30/1951 02:00 Rocky Mountain Nat. Park, near Ft. Collins, Colorado United Air Lines 610 Salt Lake City - Denver Douglas DC-6B N37543 43144/155 50 50 0 En 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.
1136 07/12/1951 Near Tezpur, India Indamer Douglas C-47B VT-CHT 20662 3 3 0 Cargo plane.
1137 07/12/1951 Aracaju, Brazil Loide Aereo Nacional Maceio - Aracaju Douglas DC-3 PP-LPG 14822/26267 33 33 0 Crashed 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.
1138 11/13/1951 Puy-de-Dôme, France Military - U. S. Air Force Frankfort - Bordeaux Fairchild C-82 Packet 45-57801A 10171 36 36 0 Flew into Mt. Dore.
1139 07/12/1951 22:45 Lyneham AFB, England Military - Royal Air Force Vickers Valetta C-1 VW194 10 10 0 One engine caught fire. The propellers of the working engine were feathered. The plane crashed.
1140 07/16/1951 Off Lae, New Guinea Qantas de Havilland DHA-3 Drover II VH-EBQ 5003 7 7 0 Crashed into the Huon Gulf after the center propeller failed.
1141 07/20/1951 Thudamot, China Air Outre-Mer Pakse, Laos - Saigon, Vietnam Douglas C-47A F-OABX 19634 3 3 0 Cargo plane.
1142 07/21/1951 00:00 Near Sitka, Alaska Canadian PacifiAir Lines Vancouver - Tokyo Douglas C-54A CF-CPC 10327 37 37 0 Disappeared 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.
1143 07/24/1951 Gao, Mali Sabena Douglas DC-3 OO-CBA 6327 3 3 0 The 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
1144 07/29/1951 Cochabamba, Bolivia Loide Aéreo Nacional Cochabamba - Rio de Janeiro Curtiss C-46A CB-39 26488 7 7 0 Crashed on takeoff.
1145 08/08/1951 Barilla Bay, Australia Trans Australia Airlines VH-TAT 13083 2 2 0 Cargo 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.
1146 08/11/1951 09:25 Moisville, France Air France Training Douglas DC-3D F-BAXB 42971 5 5 0 Abnormal 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.
1147 08/17/1951 Ubatuba, Brazil REAL Douglas DC-3 PP-YPX 9154 10 10 0
1148 08/24/1951 04:28 Decoto, California United Air Lines 615 Boston - Hartford - Cleveland - Chicago - Oakland Douglas DC-6B N37550 43260/180 50 50 0 Cleared 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.
1149 09/08/1951 Sao Paulo, Brazil VASP Douglas DC-3 PP-SPQ 1559/27036 13 13 3 Crashed into a house shortly after taking off from Congonhas Airport.
1150 09/12/1951 10:46 Off Redwood City, California United Air Lines Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-34 N31230 15970 3 3 0 The 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.
1151 09/12/1951 12:30 Off Ialas Baeares, Spain Societe Alpes Provence Perpignan - Oran Douglas DC-3 F-BEIZ 15985/32733 39 39 0 Crashed into the Mediterranean due to structural failure following loss of control in severe weather.
1152 09/15/1951 Bangalore, India Air India Bangalore - Trivandrum Douglas C-47A-30-DK Dakota III VT-CCA 13853/25298 28 22 0 Lost control and crashed when attempting to take off. Attempted to take off with the autopilot engaged.
1153 09/29/1951 La Paz, Bolivia Frigorifico Cooperativo Los Andes Curtiss C-46D-15-CU CB-43 33346 27 27 0
1154 10/08/1951 Cerro Blanco, Mexico Aero Transportes Mexico City - Villahermossa Douglas DC-3 XA-GOR 14007/25452 8 8 0 Flew into a mountain.
1155 10/15/1951 East Griqualand, South Africa South African Airways Port Elizabeth - Durbin Douglas DC-3 ZS-AVJ 6891 17 17 0 Crashed into Mt. Ingeli.
1156 10/15/1951 North Atlantic Military - U.S. Air Force Azores - Westover AFB Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter 49-2602 16224 12 12 0 Went missing en route.
1157 10/17/1951 18:55 Mt. Benson, BC, Canada Queen Charlotte Airlines Kildala - Vancouver Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina CF-FOQ 400 23 23 0 While flying VFR in adverse weather conditions, the pilot mistook Nanaimo for Vancouver. The plane crashed into Mt. Benson, 20 miles west of Vancouver.
1158 10/22/1951 Skopje, Yugoslavia JAT Yugoslav Airlines Belgrad - Skopje Douglas DC-3 YU-ACC 13014 12 12 0 Crashed while en route.
1159 10/27/1951 19:00 Near Flores, Guatemala Military - Guatemalan Air Force Douglas C-47 FAGO961 27 25 0 Crashed 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.
1160 11/05/1951 09:29 Near Tucumcari, Arazona Transocean Air Lines CAM5763 Oakland - Albuquerque Martin 202 N93039 9160 29 1 0 Crashed 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.
1161 11/19/1951 Cairo, Egypt Devlet Hava Yollari Ankara - Cairo Douglas DC-3 TC-ACA 7352 5 5 0 Crashed into a sand dune while attempting to land.
1162 11/21/1951 Calcutta, India Deccan Airways Douglas DC-3 VT-AUO 13265 17 16 0 The 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.
1163 11/24/1951 Zurich, Switzerland El Al Zurich - Rome Douglas DC-4 4X-AND 10512 7 6 0 The cargo plane crashed on approach.
1164 11/27/1951 San Luis Acatlan, Mexico Lineas Aereas Unidas DC-2-243 XA-DOQ 2077 21 13 0
1165 12/04/1951 07:25 Denver, Colorado United Air Lines Training Douglas DC-3A N17109 4999 3 3 0 Stalled, entered a spin and crashed. An inadvertent spin at an altitude too low for recovery.
1166 12/13/1951 Yaramunda, Papua New Guinea Qantas de Havilland DH-84 VH-UR 3 3 0
1167 12/16/1951 15:09 Elizabeth, New Jersey Miami Airlines Fort Smith - Newark Curtiss Wright C-46F N1678M 22572 56 56 1 Shortly 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.
1168 12/23/1951 Tehran, Iran Misrair SNCASE Languedoc SU-AHH 41 22 22 0 Crashed at Mehrabad airport during a third landing attempt.
1169 12/29/1951 22:25 Near Little Valley, New York Continental Charters 44-2 Pittsburgh - Buffalo Curtiss C-46A-50-CU N3944C 30466 40 26 0 Proceding 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.
1170 12/30/1951 22:07 Near Fairbanks, Alaska Transocean Air Lines 501 Umiat - Fairbanks Curtiss C 46F-CU N68963 22485 4 4 0 The 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.
1171 12/30/1951 15:40 Near Phoenix, Arizona Military - U.S. Air Force New York - Williams AFB Douglas C-47D 47-76266 28 28 0 Crashed into a mountainside at an altitude of 7,000 ft. while en route.
1172 12/31/1951 Calcutta, India Kalinga Airlines Douglas C-47A VT-COA 13859/25304 3 3 0 The cargo plane crashed on takeoff.
1173 01/02/1952 Andapa, Madagascar Air France Junkers JU-52/3m F-BAMQ 106 11 6 0
1174 01/10/1952 19:15 Com Edno, Wales Aer Lingus Northolt - Dublin Douglas DC-3 EI-AFL 16699/33447 23 23 0 The 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.
1175 01/19/1952 01:38 Off Sandspit, BC, Canada Northwest Orient Airlines 324 Tokyo - Elmendorf AFB Douglas DC-4 N45342 27279 43 36 0 The 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.
1176 01/22/1952 15:43 Elizabeth, New Jersey American Airlines 6780 Buffalo - Newark Convair CV-240-0 N94229 054 23 23 7 The 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.
1177 02/04/1952 Kikwit, Belgian Congo Sabena Douglas DC-3 OO-CBN 13450 15 15 0 In-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.
1178 02/07/1952 Kaneko, Japan Military - U.S. Air Force Boeing B-29 17 17 Hit power lines and crashed into houses. Seventeen killed including civilians.
1179 02/11/1952 00:20 Elizabeth, New Jersey National Airlines 101 Douglas DC-6 N90891 43055/37 63 29 4 The 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.
1180 01/07/1953 20:55 Issaquah, Washington Flying Tiger Line 841 San Francisco - Seattle Douglas C-54B-10-DO N86574 18350 7 7 0 The plane trees and high ground while on approach. The flight's deviation from the established approach procedure.
1181 02/16/1952 17:34 Near Burgio, Italy Hunting Air Travel Nice - Malta Vickers 614 Viking 1 G-AHPI 142 31 31 0 Hit 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.
1182 02/19/1952 Near Yaounde, Cameroon STAAP Consolidated 32 Liberator II F-BEFX 12 9 9 0
1183 02/19/1952 02:23 Nagpur, India Deccan Airways Douglas DC-3 VT-AXE 19160 16 3 0 Banked 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.
1184 02/28/1952 Uberlandia, Brazil Panair do Brasil Rio de Janeiro - Guiana Douglas DC-3A PP-PCN 3284 8 8 0 The right wing struck trees after attempting a go-around. Pilot error.
1185 03/03/1952 08:10 Nice, France Air France Nice - Paris SNCASE Languedoc F-BCUM 43 38 38 0 After 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.
1186 03/10/1952 Cebu, Philippines Philippine Air Lines Douglas C-47A-35-DL PI-C5 9754 3 3 0 The cargo plane lost altitude and crashed into a house.
1187 03/12/1952 Near Sequin, Texas Military - U.S. Air Force / U.S. Air Force Training Boeing B-29 / Boeing B-29 15 15 While 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.
1188 03/22/1952 Near Gaspe, Quebec, Canada Maritime Central Airways St. Johns - Goose Bay Douglas C-47-DL CF-BXZ 4695 4 4 0 The cargo plane disappeared en route. Found 5 months later.
1189 03/22/1952 10:45 Frankfurt, Germany KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Rome - Frankfort Douglas DC-6 PH-TPJ 43111/102 47 44 0 Crashed 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.'
1190 03/24/1952 03:10 Gao, French West Africa Société Aérienne de Tr. Tropicaux Lockheed 18 Lodestar F-ARTE 2005 21 17 0 Crashed after taking off. Pilot failed to maintain altitude after taking off for reasons unknown. May have been pilot fatigue.
1191 03/26/1952 Moscow, Russia Aeroflot 70 70 0 The plane overshot the runway and collided with a military aircraft killing at least 70 people.
1192 03/29/1952 Near San Felipe, Venezuela TACA Douglas DC-3 YV-C-AZU 12 12 0 Crashed into the summit on Cerro Grande Mountain.
1193 03/30/1952 Baguio, Philippines Philippine Air Lines Douglas DC-3 PI-C270 13808 29 10 0 Crashed during takeoff.
1194 04/05/1952 08:25 New York, New York US Airlines 4-2 Curtiss C-46F-1-CU N1911M 22464 2 2 3 Violent 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.
1195 04/09/1952 08:07 Mihara Volcano, Japan Japan Air Lines Tokyo - Osaka Martin 202 N93043 9164 37 37 0 On 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.
1196 04/10/1952 Agartala, India Kalinga Airlines Douglas C-47A VT-DFN 13628 4 4 0 The cargo plane crashed while en route after losing an engine and attempting an emergency landing.
1197 04/11/1952 12:20 North of San Juan, Puerto Rico Pan American World Airways 526A San Juan - New York City Douglas DC-4 N88899 10503 69 52 0 After 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.
1198 04/18/1952 03:34 Near Whittier, California North Continental Airlines (Robin Airlines) 416W Kansas City, MO - Phoenix - Burbank Curtiss C-46F-1CU N8404C 22466 29 29 0 The 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.
1199 12/15/1953 Aviateca Aviateca Brownsville, TX - Guatemala City Curtiss C-46D TG-AQA 33589 2 2 0 The cargo plane flew into a mountain at 8,000 ft.
1200 04/29/1952 04:40 Near Carolina, Brazil Pan American World Airways 202 Rio de Janeiro - New York City Boeing 377-10-26 Stratocruiser N1039V 15939/12 50 50 0 The 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.'
1201 04/30/1952 Delhi, India Deccan Airways Madras - Delhi Douglas DC-3 VT-AUN 13405 9 9 0 Lost 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.
1202 05/05/1952 Near Skien, Norway Fred Olsen Flyveselskap Amsterdam, Netherlands - Jarsberg, Norway Douglas C-47A LN-NAD 12148 29 11 0 Crashed on a mountain slope while en route. There were mainly whaling crews aboard, returning from the antarctic. Crew navigational error.
1203 05/09/1952 Ipoh, Malaysia Garuda Indonesia Airlines Douglas DC-3 PK-DPA 42954 17 17 0 Crashed shortly after taking off.
1204 05/13/1952 Sao Paulo, Brazil VASP Sao Paulo - Bauru Douglas DC-3 PP-SPM 16894/34151 22 5 0 Crashed 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.
1205 05/24/1952 Near Manaus, Brazil Loide Aéreo Nacional Curtiss C-46A PP-LDE 446 6 6 0 The 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.
1206 05/26/1952 08:45 Near Atar, Mauritania British Overseas Airways 251 Tripoli - Kano Handley Page HP-81 Hermes IV G-ALDN HP-81/15 18 1 0 The 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.'
1207 06/13/1952 11:29 BaltiSea Swedish Air Force Radio surveillance mission Douglas DC-3 79001 9001 8 8 0 Shot 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.
1208 06/24/1952 Lakenheath AFB, England Military - U.S. Air Force Boeing B-50 11 11 0 Crashed and burned between two farms.
1209 06/25/1952 Off Northumberland, North Sea Military - Royal Air Force Avro Shackleton MR-1 VP261 13 11 0 Crashed into the North Sea near Holy Island while participating in North AtlantiTreaty maneuvers
1210 07/27/1952 11:46 Off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Pan American World Airways 201 Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires Boeing 377 Stratocruiser N1030V 15939 27 1 0 A 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.
1211 08/12/1952 Palmeira de Goias, Brazil Transportes Areos Nacionales Rio Verde - Goiania Douglas DC-3 PP-ANH 20187 24 24 0 Exploded in midair. A bomb exploded aboard.
1212 08/21/1952 01:00 Off Trapani, Italy Airwork Blackbushe - Malta - Khartoum Handley Page HP-81 Hermes 4A G-ALDF HP-81/7 57 7 0 After 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.
1213 08/26/1952 07:00 Near Khewra, West Pakistan Military - Pakistan Air Force Khewra - Peshawar Bristol 170 Freighter G783 18 18 0 Crashed shortly after taking off from Khewra. Possible engine failure.
1214 08/29/1952 21:05 Kosti, Sudan Phoenix Airlines Juba - Wadi Halfa Douglas DC-2-115B ZS-DFW 1322 4 2 0 Extremely 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.
1215 09/06/1952 15:40 Near Farnsborough, England Private - de Havilland Aircraft de Havilland 110 WG235 1 1 52 One 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.
1216 09/10/1952 San Blas, Panama SAM Colombia Curtiss C-46 46 46 0
1217 12/17/1953 06:50 Guam, Mariana Islands Military - U.S. Air Force Boeing B-29 44-87741 16 11 8 The 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.
1218 09/15/1952 Wadi Halfa, Sudan Kalinga Airlines Douglas C-47A VT-CGB 9945 3 3 0 A 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.
1219 10/08/1952 Off Tarbat Ness, Scotland Military - Royal Air Force Avro Shackleton MR-1 VP286 14 14 0 Was on air-sea practice when it crashed near Tarbat Ness.
1220 10/14/1952 San Fransisco do Paula, Brazil REAL Sao Paulo - Porto Alegre Douglas DC-3 PP-AXJ 6177 28 14 0 After 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.
1221 10/16/1952 Off Kangnung, South Korea Military - U.S. Air Force Curtiss-Wright C-46D-CU 44-77538 32934 25 25 0 The 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.
1222 10/29/1952 08:30 Near Flagstaff, Arizona Military - U.S. Air Force Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter 52-2711 16733 16 16 0 Struck Gray Mountain in poor visibility while en route.
1223 11/06/1952 Lake Chad, Chad Union Aeromaritime de Transport Fort Lamy - Beirut Douglas C-54B-1-DC F-BFVO 10498 6 5 0
1224 11/07/1952 03:00 Near Summit, Alaska Military - U.S. Air Force Elmendorf AFB - Big Delta Fairchild C-119C 51-2560A 10518 19 19 0 A course deviation led to the aircraft crashing into Mt. McKinley at an elevation of 12,000 ft.
1225 11/14/1952 14:45 Near Seoul, South Korea Military - U.S. Air Force Fairchild C-119C 51-2551A 44 44 0 Struck 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.
1226 11/15/1952 Near Anchorage, Alaska Military - U.S. Air Force Elemndorf AFB - Kodiak NAS Fairchild C-119C 51-2570 10528 20 20 0 Disappeared while en route. No trace of the aircraft was ever found.
1227 11/17/1952 Shepard, Montana Military - U.S. Air Force Great Falls - Denver, Colorado Fairchild C-119C-23-FA Flying Boxcar 16 9 0 While 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.
1228 11/22/1952 20:15 Mount Gannett, Alaska Military - U.S. Air Force Douglas C-124A Globemaster 51-107A 464096 52 52 0 Bound for Elmendorf Air Force Base, the aircraft struck the south slope of Mount Gannett. The plane drifted off course due to high winds.
1229 11/28/1952 00:50 Near Tacoma, Washington Military - U.S. Air Force Douglas C-54G (DC-4) 38 37 0 Crashed 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.
1230 12/06/1952 Near Sofia, Bugaria TABSO Sofia - Varna Lisunov Li-2 18 18 0 Crashed en route.
1231 12/06/1952 04:40 Off Bermuda-Kindley Field, Bermuda Cubana de Aviacion Madrid - Azores - Bermuda - Havana Douglas DC-4 CU-T397 10319 41 37 0 Crashed 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.'
1232 12/20/1952 06:30 Moses Lake, Washington Military - U.S. Air Force Douglas C-124A Globemaster 50-100 43238 115 87 0 Within 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.
1233 12/21/1952 Off Miami, Florida Rutas Aéreas Nacionales SA Curtiss C-46D YV-C-ARC 33486 3 3 0 Disappeared over the Atlantic. Never found.
1234 12/25/1952 Off Caracas, Venezuela Avensa Douglas DC-3 YV-C-AVX 7391 5 3 0 Lost altitude and ditched near shore after taking off.
1235 12/25/1952 Tehran, Iran Iran Air Abadan - Tehran Douglas DC-3 EP-ACJ 9692 29 27 0 Crashed while landing.
1236 12/30/1952 Chinmen Island, Taiwan Philippine Air Lines Douglas DC-3 PI-C38 10 2 0 After 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.
1237 01/05/1953 20:53 Belfast, Northern Ireland British European Airways Northolt - Belfast Vickers Viking 610-1B G-AJDL 262 35 27 0 Crashed into approach lights while attempting to land. Error of judgement on the part of the pilot.
1238 02/13/1970 Pin-la-Garenne, France Avia-Taxi Cessna 402 F-BPJA 402-0100 10 10 0
1239 01/07/1953 04:12 Fish Haven, Idaho Associated Air Transport 1-6-6A Boeing Field - Cheyenne Curtiss C-46 N1648M 22395 40 40 0 The 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.
1240 01/15/1953 04:48 25 nm off Agrigento, Italy Military -Royal Air Force - Vickers Valetta Mk1 / Avero Lancaster VX562 / TX270 26 26 0
1241 01/26/1953 Sinnai, Sardinia, Italy Linee Aeree Italiane Cagliari - Rome Douglas DC-3 I-LAIL 4308 19 19 0 Crashed after a wing failed due to overstressing.
1242 02/02/1953 05:30 Off Newfoundland, Canada Lancashire Aircraft Corporation (Skyways) Lajes, Azores - Gander Avro 685 York 1 G-AHFA 1304 39 39 0 Last 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.
1243 02/03/1953 Muong Sai, Laos Air Outremer Douglas DC-3 F-OAFR 15283/26728 18 18 0 Destroyed by shelling.
1244 02/07/1953 Eysines, France Autrex Douglas DC-4 F-BFGR 10290 20 5 0 Crashed into a grove of small trees and burst into flames while trying to land in heavy fog.
1245 02/09/1953 19:00 Cairo, Egypt Military - Egyptian Air Force Curtiss-Wright C-46 1001 35 30 0 Crashed into a hill during a sandstorm.
1246 02/14/1953 17:10 Off Mobile, Alabama National Airlines 470 Miami - Orlando - New Orleans Douglas DC-6 N90893 43057/73 46 46 0 The 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.
1247 03/03/1953 03:35 Karachi, Pakistan Canadian PacifiAir Lines Karachi - Rangoon de Havilland DH106 Comet 1A CF-CUN 06014 11 11 0 The 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.
1248 03/04/1953 Windsor Locks, Connecticut Slick Airways 162 New York, NY - Winsor Locks, CT Curtiss C-46F N4717N 22400 2 2 0 After 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.
1249 03/14/1953 Kalasahar, India Orient Airways Delhi - Dacca Convair CV-240-7 AP-AEG 082 16 16 0 Crashed into a mountain while en route in severe weather. The pilot descended in poor visibility in order to find his position.
1250 03/17/1953 Off Da Nang, Vietnam Aigle Azur Hue - Da Nang Douglas DC-3 F-BEFG 19105 8 8 0 Crashed into the sea in poor weather conditions.
1251 03/18/1953 04:10 Random Island, Newfoundland Military - U.S. Air Force Azores - Rapid City AFB Convair RB-36H 51-13721A 23 23 0 The 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.
1252 03/20/1953 18:38 Alvarado, California Transocean Air Lines 942 Roswell - Oakland - Guam Douglas DC-4 (C-54-10-DO) N88942 36076 35 35 0 The 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.
1253 03/27/1953 Itapebi, Brazil Transportes Aéreos Salvador de Havilland DH-114 Heron 1B PP-SLG 14004 14 14 0 The 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
1254 03/29/1953 Mtara, Tanganyika Central African Airways Nairobi - Dar-es-Salaam Vickers 616 Viking 1B VP-YEY 168 13 13 0 Crashed 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.
1255 04/10/1953 Off Kingston, Jamaica Caribbean International Airways Lockheed 18-56 LodeStar VP-JBC 2568 13 13 0 Lost 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.
1256 04/10/1953 Miandivazo, Madagascar Air France Junkers JU-5/-3m F-BALE 090 4 4 0 The cargo plane crashed on take off.
1257 04/14/1953 Near Guwahati, India Airways Douglas C-47A VT-AUJ 19149 3 3 0 The 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.
1258 04/14/1953 02:22 Selleck, Washington Miami Airlines Spokane - Ellenburgh Douglas DC-3 (C-47-DL) N65743 20432 25 7 0 The 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.
1259 04/16/1953 NW of Hanoi, Vietnam Aigle Azur Hanoi - Na San Douglas DC-3 F-BESS 19498 30 30 0 Crashed after takeoff due to wing failure.
1260 04/20/1953 23:08 San Francisco Bay, California Western Airlines 636 Los Angeles - San Francisco - Oakland Douglas DC-6B N91303 43823 10 8 0 The 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.
1261 05/02/1953 16:35 Near Jalalogori, West Bengal, India British Overseas Airways 783/057 Calcutta - Delhi de Havilland DH106 Comet 1 G-ALYV 06008 43 43 0 The 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.'
1262 05/07/1953 Off Hartland Point, England Military - Royal Air Force Vickers Valetta T-3 WG258 10 10 0 Crashed into the sea.
1263 05/09/1953 01:28 New Delhi, India Air India Delh - Ahmedabad - Bombay Douglas DC-3 VT-AUD 13716 18 18 0 Stalled 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.
1264 05/11/1953 Prince Rupert, BC, Canada Canadian PacifiAir Lines Sandpit, BC - Prince Rupert, BC Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina CF-CRV 21984 19 2 0 Crashed 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.
1265 05/17/1953 14:15 Near Marshall, Texas Delta Air Lines 318 Dallas - Shreveport Douglas DC-3 N28345 2224 20 19 0 The 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.
1266 05/25/1953 15:30 Amsterdam, Netherlands KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Amsterdam - Paris Convair CV-240-4 PH-TEI 125 34 0 2 While 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.
1267 06/15/1953 Near Copiapo, Chile LAN Lockheed 18 Loadstar CC-CLD-0100 2617 7 7 0 Crashed. Engine fire.
1268 06/15/1953 San Ramon Mtns., Costa Rica LACSA Palmar Sur - San Isidoro Douglas DC-3 TI-1002 14633/26078 14 11 0 Crashed into a mountainside while attempting to land in poor weather.
1269 06/16/1953 Phou-Lassy, French Indo-China Aigle Azur Vientiane - Saigon Douglas DC-3 F-BEST 19100 34 34 0 Crashed after on-board fire. Possibly shot down.
1270 06/17/1953 Sao Paulo, Brazil Panair do Brasil Lockheed 049-46-21 Constellation PP-PDA 2066 17 17 0 Crashed while on final approach to Sao Paulo. Error of judgement by the crew during poor visibility at night.
1271 06/18/1953 16:34 Tachikawa AFB, Tokyo, Japan Military - U.S. Air Force Tachikawa AB - Kimpo AB Douglas C-124A Globemaster II 51-137A 43471 129 129 0 Crashed 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.
1272 07/12/1953 08:41 PacifiOcean, 325 miles east of Wake Island Transocean Air Lines 512 Wake Island - Honolulu - Oakland Douglas DC-6A N90806 42901/153 58 58 0 Lost 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.'
1273 07/17/1953 23:15 Near Milton, Florida Military - U.S. Navy Whitting NAS - Norfolk NB Fairchild R4Q-2 131663 46 44 0 The co-pilot failed to maintain a sufficient rate of climb after becoming airborne, struck obstacles and crashed into a wooded area.
1274 07/27/1953 12:30 Near Kanggye, North Korea Aeroflot Ilyushin IL-12 21 21 0 Shot 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.
1275 09/29/1955 Yellowknife, Northwest Territory, Canada Associated Airways Avro 685 York C-1 CF-HMV 2 1 0 The cargo plane ditched into the Thoa river. Fuel exhaustion.
1276 08/03/1953 02:28 Off Fethiye Point, Turkey Air France Rome - Beirut Lockheed L- 749A Constellation F-BAZS 2628 42 4 0 The 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.
1277 08/03/1953 22:37 Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Orient Airways Sharjah - Bahrain Douglas DC-3 AP-AAD 9143 25 1 0 Shortly 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.
1278 08/05/1953 Off Irish coast Military - U.S. Air Force Boeing B-34 23 14 0
1279 08/18/1953 Near San Diego, California Aerovias Contreras Curtiss C-46A XA-GOT 26403 2 2 0 The cargo plane flew into a mountain.
1280 09/01/1953 Near Barcelonnette, France Air France Paris - Nice - Hong Kong Lockheed 749A Constellation F-BAZZ 2674 42 42 0 While 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.
1281 09/01/1953 18:42 Vail, Washington Regina Cargo Airlines Monterey, CA - Tacoma, WA Douglas DC-3 N19941 6333 21 21 0 Crashed 26 nm short of McChord AFB. The pilot's attempt to continue flight under the provisions of VFR during IFR conditions.
1282 09/08/1953 13:16 San Andres, Honduras TACA San Pedro - San Andres Douglas C-47A XH-TAR 13817/25262 3 3 0 After 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.
1283 09/14/1953 Chablekal, Mexico Transportes Aéreos Mexicanos Campeche - Mérida Douglas C-47A XA-GIC 13113 2 1 0 The cargo plane struck a tower in fog while attempting to land.
1284 09/16/1953 08:34 Albany, New York American Airlines 723 Boston - Hartford - Albany - Chicago Convair CV-240-0 N94255 116 28 28 0 After 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.
1285 09/25/1953 Ankara, Turkey Devlet Hava Yollari Ankara - Van Douglas DC-3 TC-EGE 9694 21 5 0 Crashed to the ground after an engine fire.
1286 09/28/1953 16:18 Louisville, Kentucky Resort Airlines Philadelphia - Louisville Curtiss C-46F-1-CU N66534 22384 41 25 0 While 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.
1287 10/14/1953 Frankfurt, Germany Sabena Frankfurt - Brussels Convair CV-240-12 OO-AWQ 154 44 44 0 Loss of engine power on takeoff. The loss of power may possibly be attributed to the heavy deposit of lead on the spark plugs.
1288 10/17/1953 Lai Chau, Vietnam Compagnie Sila Douglas C-47B F-VNAE 14146/25591 7 2 0 Cargo plane.
1289 10/19/1953 13:00 Near Monterrey, Mexico Aerovias Contreras Monterrey - Falcon Dam Douglas C-46A-CU ( DC-3) XA-GOT 26403 21 21 0 Crashed into a ravine.
1290 10/19/1953 00:56 New York City, New York Eastern Air Lines 627 New York City - San Juan Lockheed 749A Constellation N119A 2616 27 2 0 The 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.
1291 10/29/1953 08:44 Near Half Moon Bay, California British Commonwealth PacifiAirlines 304/44 Sydney - Honolulu - San Francisco Douglas DC-6 VH-BPE 43125 19 19 0 While 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.
1292 11/03/1953 Potosi, Bolivia Lloyd Aereo Boliviano Camiri - Suere Douglas DC-3 CP-600 2181 28 28 0 Crashed into Rodeo Pampa mountain during approach, 37 miles from its destination.
1293 11/11/1953 17:30 Off Argyll, England Military - Royal Air Force Avro Shackleton MR-2 WL746 10 10 0
1294 12/04/1953 Mt. Somosierra, Spain Aviaco Bilbao - Madrid Bristol 170 Freighter 21 EC-AEG 12797 33 23 0 Crashed in poor weather conditions.
1295 12/12/1953 Nagpur, India Indian Airlines Douglas DC-3 VT-CHF 11810 14 13 0 The 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.
1296 12/19/1953 Zurich, Switzerland Sabena Convair CV-240 OO-AWO 128 44 1 0 Descended 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.
1297 12/21/1953 Dah-el-Kadeeb, Syria Syrian Airways Douglas DC-3 YK-AAF 15 9 0
1298 01/02/1954 Herat, Afghanstan Ariana Afghan Airlines Douglas DC-3 21 21 0
1299 01/05/1954 Lapseki, Turkey Devlet Hava Yollari Bandirma - Canakkale Douglas DC-3 TC-BAG 19616 10 4 0 Flew into a mountain.
1300 01/06/1954 17:20 Near Aldbury, England Military -Royal Air Force Bovingdon AF - Thorney Island Vickers Valetta WJ474 599 17 16 0 The aircraft crashed 4 minutes after taking off in a snow shower. The aircraft lost altitude and crashed to the ground for reasons unknown.
1301 01/10/1954 09:50 Off Elba, Italy British Overseas Airways 781 Rome - London de Havilland DH106 Comet 1 G-ALYP 06003 35 35 0 The 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.'
1302 01/11/1954 Manizales, Colombia AVIANCA Medellin - Armenia Douglas DC-3 HK-160 19540 21 21 0 Crashed into a mountain 1 hour after takeoff.
1303 01/13/1954 Long Beach, California Military - U.S. Air Force F-88 Sabre Jet 1 1 6 The jet fighter crashed into homes killing 6 people and destroying 3 homes while attempting to land.
1304 01/14/1954 Rome, Italy Philippine Air Lines Douglas DC-6 PI-C294 42903/150 16 16 0 Crashed 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.
1305 01/14/1954 Prague, Czechoslovakia Ceskoslovenske Aerolinie Praha - Moravska - Ostrava Douglas DC-3 (C-47A-DK) OK-WDS 11854 15 15 0 Crashed during takeoff.
1306 01/20/1954 Kansas City, Missouri Zantop Air Transport Douglas DC-3A N49551 4940 3 3 0 The 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.
1307 02/01/1954 13:50 Off Hokkaido, Japan Military - U.S. Air Force Misawa - Chitose Curtiss-Wright C46D-CU 44-78027A 33423 35 35 0 After 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.'
1308 02/05/1954 Susitna Valley, Alaska Military - U.S. Air Force Douglas C-47 5895 16 10 0 The 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.
1309 02/12/1954 Off Gozo, Malta Military - Royal Air Force Military exercise Avro Shackleton MR-2 WL794 10 10 0 Crashed at sea while on manuvers.
1310 02/25/1954 New Delhi, India Indian Airlines Douglas DC-3 VT-ATU 20358 3 3 0 The test flight crashed after attempting to determine the cause of a crash at Nagpur on 12/12/1953.
1311 02/26/1954 10:32 Wright, Wyoming Western Airlines 314 Salt Lake City - Cedar City - Rapid City Convair CV-240 N8407H 37 9 9 0 After 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.
1312 03/04/1954 14:30 Near St. Etienne de Tinee, France Military - U.S. Air Force Tripoli, Libya - Hahn, W Germany Douglas C-47A-DL 42-24096A 9958 20 20 0 The 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.
1313 03/13/1954 Kallang Airport, Singapore British Overseas Airways Australia - London Lockheed 749A-79-33 Constellation G-ALAM 2554 40 33 0 Crashed short of the runway, hit a wall, overturned and caught fire. Improper procedures used in landing. Pilot fatigue.
1314 03/14/1954 Off Mackay, Australia Queensland Airlines Douglas C-47A VH-BBV 12360 2 2 0 The cargo plane crashed into the sea while en route.
1315 03/19/1954 22:30 Near Lothian, Maryland Military - U.S. Air Force Oklahoma - Long Island, NY Fairchild C-110F 51-7993 10732 18 18 0 Crashed 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.
1316 03/26/1954 Monterrey, Mexico Aeronaves de Mexico Mazatlan - Monterey Douglas DC-3 XA-GUN 7358 18 18 0 Crashed and burned on Friar's Peak while waiting for permission to land.
1317 04/03/1954 Adana, Turkey Devlet Hava Yollari Adana - Istanbul Douglas DC-3 TC-ARK 19509 25 25 0 Crashed en route approximately 15 minutes after takeoff from Adana.
1318 04/04/1954 Hanoi, Vietnam Autrex Douglas C-54A F-BFGQ 10341 4 4 0 The cargo plane crashed into the Red River while on approach.
1319 04/08/1954 19:10 Off Stromboli, Italy British Overseas Airways 201 Rome - Cairo de Havilland DH106 Comet 1 G-ALYY 06011 21 21 0 The 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.'
1320 04/08/1954 10:03 Moose Jaw, SK, Canada Trans Canada Air Lines / RCAF Canadair C-4-1Argonaut / Harvard Mark II CF-TFW/RCAF3309 150 36 36 1 Midair 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.
1321 04/13/1954 Santiago, Chile LAN Douglas DC-3 956 16 16 0
1322 04/13/1954 Xieng Kouang, Laos Societe Indochinoise de Raviteillement Lockheed 18 Lodestar F-OALK 2603 23 16 0 Crashed and burned during takeoff.
1323 04/23/1954 21:25 Sierra del Vilgo, Argentina Aerolineas Argentinas Mendoza - Cordoba Douglas DC-3 LV-ACX 12387 25 25 0 Crashed 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.
1324 04/30/1954 09:18 Near Calcutta, India Darbhanga Aviation Douglas C-47A-30-DK VT-DEM 13792 11 5 0 The 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.
1325 05/22/1954 09:23 Paraparaumu, New Zealand New Zealand National Airways Churchchrist - Paraparaumu Douglas DC-3 ZK-AQT 15948/32696 28 3 0 Crashed 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.
1326 05/31/1954 Cipo Mountain, Brazil Transportes Aereos Nacionales Governador Valadares - Belo Horizonte Douglas DC-3 PP-ANO 19830 19 19 0 The 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.
1327 06/03/1954 Near Maribor, Slovenia Sabena Blackbushe, UK - Beogard, Serbia Douglas C-47A OO-CBY 11982 4 1 0 The cargo plane ran off the end of the runway and crashed after being attacked by a fighter jet.
1328 06/04/1954 Sao Paulo, Brazil Varig Sao Paulo - Porto Alegre Curtiss C-46A PP-VBZ 30400 3 3 0 The cargo plane crashed on takeoff. Elevator lock was not removed prior to takeoff.
1329 06/08/1954 Tourane, Vietnam Soc. de Tr. Aériens d'Extrême Orient Douglas C-47-DL F-BCCL 4464 4 4 0
1330 06/19/1954 Off Folkestone, England Swissair Geneva - London Convair CV-240-4 HB-IRW 61 9 3 0 The 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.
1331 07/02/1954 12:00 Near Salvador, Brazil Military - Brazilian Air Force Lockheed C-28 C-28-2901 20 20 0 The aircraft crashed while attempting to land at Salvador. Engine failure at a critical stage in landing.
1332 07/23/1954 09:45 Off Hainan Island, China Cathay PacifiAirways Singapore - Hong Kong - Bangkok Douglas DC-4 VR-HEU 10310 18 10 0 Ditched 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.
1333 08/08/1954 15:40 Near McGrath, Alaska Alaska Airlines McGrath - Colorado Creek Douglas DC-2 N91008 13977/25422 2 2 0 Flew into a mountain, 35 miles northeast of McGrath.
1334 08/09/1954 00:08 Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal AVIANCA Lajes, Azores - Bermuda Lockheed 749A-79 Constellation HK-163 2664 30 30 0 Crashed 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.
1335 08/12/1954 Vietnam Autrex Saigan - Hanoi Douglas DC-3 F-BSGS 3 3 0 Crashed en route.
1336 08/16/1954 Near Pakse, Laos Air Vietnam (South Vietnam) Red River delta - Saigon Bristol 170 Freighter 21E F-VNAI 12809 55 47 0 Crashed into the Mekong River while making an emergency landing after encountering engine failure. The aircraft was being used to evacuate families.
1337 08/22/1954 17:03 Near Mason City, Iowa Braniff Airlines 152 Memphis - Minneapolis Douglas DC-3 N61451 4630 19 12 0 The 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.
1338 08/23/1954 11:35 Near Dutch Coast, North Sea KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Shannon - Amsterdam Douglas DC-6B PH-DFO 43556/257 21 21 0 Crashed into the North Sea in rain showers and heavy seas. Cause not determined.
1339 05/16/1958 Chatenoy, France British European Airways Douglas C-47A G-AGHP 9408 3 3 0 Broke up in midair while flying through a thunderstorm.
1340 08/27/1954 22:10 Near Rapid City, South Dekota Military - U.S. Air Force Convair RB-36H 51-13722 27 26 0 Crashed 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.
1341 09/05/1954 02:30 Foynes, Ireland KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 633 Shannon - New York City Lockheed 1049C-55-81 S Constellation PH-LKY 4509 56 28 0 Less 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.
1342 09/12/1954 20:08 Off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Cruzeiro Douglas DC-3 PP-CDJ 19278 30 6 0 The 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.
1343 09/15/1954 Cairo, Egypt Misrair Test Vickers 634 Viking SU-AFO 212 4 3 0 Stalled and crashed during a test flight.
1344 10/24/1954 17:50 Nar Limone Piemonte, Italy Military - U.S. Air Force Douglas C-47A-DL 43-16044 20510 21 21 0 Crashed 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.
1345 10/30/1954 Off Ocean City, Maryland Military - U.S. Navy 57 Patuxent River NAS - Kenitra, Morocco Lockheed R7V-1 128441 4108 42 42 0 The aircraft disappeared approximately 300 miles east of Ocean City, Maryland and no trace of the wreckage or bodies was ever found.
1346 10/30/1954 23:00 Off the coast of Maryland Military - U. S. Navy New Jersey - Azores - Port Lyautey, Moroco Lockheed R-7V1 128441 42 42 0 Disappeared 350 miles off the Maryland coast.
1347 10/31/1954 15:10 Mangalore, Australia TAA Training Vickers 720 Viscount VH-TVA 44 8 3 0 Crashed 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.
1348 11/16/1954 Jirishanga,Cerro de Pasco, Peru TAM (Brazil) Pucallpa - Lima Douglas DC-3 FAP-403 24 24 0 Disappeared over the Andes while en route. Wreckage found 12/04/1954.
1349 11/30/1954 11:15 Berlin, New Hampshire Northeast Airlines 792 Laconia, NH - Berlin, NH Douglas DC-3 N17891 11745 7 2 0 The aircraft crashed during an ILS approach to Berlin. Premature and unauthorized instrument descent to an altitude that did not permit terrain clearance.
1350 12/04/1954 Near Luang Pragang, Laos Air Laos Luang Prabang - Nam Tha Douglas DC-3 F-BEIA 19211 28 28 0 Crashed en route on the company's first commercial flight.
1351 12/12/1954 Bratislava, Slovakia Ceskoslovenské Aerolinie Douglas C-47A OK-WDK 12549 4 4 0
1352 12/18/1954 Near Bolivar, Venezuela Linea Aeropostal Venezolana Douglas C-47A YV-C-AMP 19292 2 2 0 The cargo plane crashed into a mountain.
1353 12/18/1954 14:00 New York, New York Linee Aeree Italiane 451 Rome - New York City Douglas DC-6B I-LINE 44418/487 32 26 0 The 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.
1354 12/22/1954 23:00 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Johnson Flying Service 4844-C Newark - Tacoma Douglas DC-3 N24320 20197 28 10 0 Ditched into the Monongahela River after running out of fuel. Inadequate flight planning. Contributing factors were inadequate crew supervision and training.
1355 12/25/1954 Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland British Overseas Airways London - Glasgow Boeing B377-10-28 Stratocruiser G-ALSA 15943 36 28 0 Crashed 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.
1356 12/29/1954 Near Moscow, Russia Aeroflot 45 45 0
1357 12/31/1954 Irkutsk, Russia Aeroflot Peking - Irkutsk - Cyprus Ilyushin 14 17 17 0 Crashed during takeoff.
1358 01/11/1955 21:00 Off Skellings, Ireland Military -Royal Air Force Avro Shackleton M-2 / Avro Shakleton M-2 WG531 / Wl743 18 18 0 Disappeared while on a training mission. Possibility, the two planes collided in midair.
1359 01/12/1955 09:05 Greater Cincinnati Airport, Covington, Kentucky Trans World Airlines / Castleton Inc. Cincinnati - Cleveland Martin 202A / DC-3 N93211/N999B 14081 / 4255 15 15 0 Midair 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.
1360 01/19/1955 16:25 Des Moines, Iowa United Air Lines 329 Newark - Des Moines - Lincoln Convair CV-340 N73154 180 39 0 0 Almost 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.
1361 01/31/1955 Lapadrera, Colombia Interamericana de Aviacion Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina HK-1000E 5 5 0 Crashed into the Caqueta river while landing.
1362 02/02/1955 03:50 Nagpur, India Indian Airlines Nagpur - Delhi Douglas DC-3 VT-CVB 13037 10 10 0 Crashed 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.
1363 02/05/1955 10:04 Near Calabar, Nigeria West African Airways Enugu - Calabar Bristol 170 Freighter 21E VR-NAD 12779 13 13 0 Crashed shortly after taking off after a wing failed. A design flaw in the wing led to fatigue cracks and wing failure.
1364 02/13/1955 18:53 Rome, Italy Sabena Brussels - Rome Douglas DC-6 OO-SDB 43063/60 29 29 0 Crashed into a mountain while on approach. Navigational error due to failure to use radio equipment.
1365 02/19/1955 07:31 Albuquerque, New Mexico Trans World Airlines 260 Albuquerque - Sante Fe Martin 404 N40416 14120 16 16 0 After 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.
1366 02/23/1955 09:20 Salisbury, Zimbabwe Central African Airways 626 Salisbury - Lusaka Douglas DC-3 VP-YKO 15109/26554 26 1 0 The 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.
1367 03/06/1955 Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil REAL Douglas DC-3 PP-YPZ 11699 21 5 0 After 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.
1368 03/08/1955 Mascota, Mexico Mexicana Puerto Vallarta - Guadalajara Douglas DC-3 XA-DIK 3992 26 26 0 Crashed in a hilly region between Talpa and Mascota.
1369 03/09/1955 Trujillo, Colombia AVIANCA Condoto - Cali Douglas C-47A HK-328 20224 8 8 0 The cargo plane crashed with a gold and platinum shipment aboard. Wreckage found one month later.
1370 03/20/1955 22:36 Springfield, Mississippi American Airlines 711 Newark - Chicago - St. Louis - Springfield - Tulsa Convair CV-240-0 N94234 066 35 13 0 The 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.
1371 03/22/1955 02:00 Oahu, Hawaii Military - U.S. Navy Douglas R6D-1 (C-118B) 131612 43715 66 66 0 The 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.
1372 03/26/1955 11:12 Off the Oregon coast Pan American World Airways 845/26 Portland - Honolulu Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-26 N1032V 15932 23 4 0 The 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.'
1373 04/02/1955 Off Pensacola, Florida Aaxico Airlines Mobile, AL - Macon, GA Curtiss C-46A N51424 30430 2 2 0 The cargo plane flew into a thunderstorm and crashed into the sea while en route.
1374 04/04/1955 15:55 Islip, New York United Air Lines Training Douglas DC-6 N37512 43001/32 3 3 0 Suddenly 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.
1375 04/11/1955 17:30 Off Great Natuna Island, Sarawak Air India Hong Kong - Jakarta Lockheed 749A Constellation VT-DEP 2666 19 19 0 An 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.
1376 04/18/1955 Kupe Mountains, Cameroons Union des Transportes Aeriens Yaounde - Douala de Havilland DH-114 Heron 1B F-BGOI 14010 14 12 0 Hit Mt. Kilmanjaro while en route. Wreckage found after 10 months.
1377 05/18/1955 11:56 Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya East African Airways Dar-es-Salaam - Nairobi Douglas DC-3 VP-KKH 16820/33568 20 20 0 Crashed after reporting being over Jipe Lake on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Failure to follow prescribed route and procedures.
1378 05/21/1955 Off Barcelona, Venezuela Linea Aeropostal Venezolana Douglas C-47-DL YV-C-ALU 4791 13 4 0 Ditched into the sea.
1379 05/26/1955 14:30 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Associated Airways Avro 685 York C-1 CF-HMY 2 2 0 The 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.
1380 06/03/1955 Fort Lamy, Cameroon Union Aéromaritime de Transport Douala - Fort Lamy Douglas C-54A F-BFVT 10292 3 3 0 The cargo plane crashed while attempting to land.
1381 06/16/1955 01:15 Near Asuncion, Paraguay Panair do Brasil Sao Paulo - Asuncion Lockheed 049-46-21 Constellation PP-PDJ 2032 24 16 0 Crashed 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.
1382 06/18/1955 Leon, Mexico Tigres Voladores Curtiss C-46 XA-LID 18 18 0 Lost an engine on takeoff and crashed into trees and caught fire.
1383 07/14/1955 Oaxaca, Mexico Lineas Areas Unidas Acapulco - Oaxaca Douglas DC-2-243 XA-DOB 2088 22 22 0 Crashed in a mountainous area in the Zimathan district while en route.
1384 07/17/1955 06:24 Chicago, Illinois Braniff Airlines 560 Kansas City, MO - Chicago Convair CV-340-32 N3422 071 43 22 0 While 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.
1385 07/27/1955 07:40 Near Petrich, Bulgaria El Al 402/46 Wien - Tel Aviv Lockheed 049 Constellation 4X-AKC 1968 58 58 0 On 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.
1386 08/04/1955 12:23 Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri American Airlines Springfield, IL - St. Louis, MO Convair CV-240-0 N94221 040 30 30 0 The 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.
1387 08/06/1955 Near Voronezh, Russia Aeroflot Starllingrad - Moscow. 25 25 0 Crashed en route.
1388 08/11/1955 14:20 Near Edelweiler, West Germany Military - U.S. Air Force / Military - U.S. Air Force Fairchild C119G / Fairchild C119G 53-3222/53-7841 66 66 0 Participating 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.
1389 08/26/1955 Caparao Mountain, Brazil Cruzeiro Rio de Janeiro - Caravelas Douglas DC-3 PP-CBY 11692 13 13 0 Hit Caparao Mountain while en route, 1 hour after taking off. Failure to follow flight plan.
1390 08/30/1955 Simra, Nepal Kalinga Airlines Douglas C-47A VT-AZX 13285 3 2 0 The cargo plane lifted off too early, stalled and crashed. The pilot tried to avoid a person on the runway.
1391 09/02/1955 Meikitila, Myanmar Union of Burma Airways Meiktila - Lanywa Douglas DC-3 XY-ACQ 12579 9 9 0 Flew into Mount Popa.
1392 09/08/1955 Burbank, California Currey Air Transport 24 Burbank - Oakland Douglas DC-3 N74663 6257 33 3 0 The 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.
1393 09/10/1955 Sombolabo, French Equitorial Africa Societe France Hydro LaLérè - Douala Latecoere 631 F-BDRE 8 16 16 0 Crashed into the Cameroon mountains after the wing separated due to severe turbulence.
1394 09/17/1955 Near Thorhild, Canada PacifiWestern Airlines Edmonton, AB - Yellowknife, NT Bristol 170 Freighter 31 CF-GBT 12831 6 2 0 For 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.
1395 09/21/1955 22:23 Idris, Libya British Overseas Airways Rome - Tripoli Canadair C-4 G-ALHL 158 47 15 0 Crash 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.
1396 09/24/1955 06:41 PacifiOcean Flying Tiger Line Wake Island - Honolulu Douglas C-54A N90433 10410 5 3 0 The 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.
1397 10/02/1955 Pico Oiriruma-Vinac, Peru Faucett Lima - Cuzco Douglas C54A OB-PAZ-228 10277 35 19 0 Crashed in adjacent mountains while attempting an emergency landing following an engine fire.
1398 10/06/1955 07:26 Near Centennial, Wyoming United Air Lines 409 Denver - Salt Lake City - San Francisco Douglas DC-4 N30062 18389 66 66 0 The 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.
1399 10/10/1955 16:40 Near Wien, Austria JAT Yugoslav Airlines Beograd - Wien Convair CV-340-58 YU-ADC 178 29 7 0 Crashed 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.
1400 11/01/1955 19:03 Longmont, Colorado United Air Lines 629 Denver - Portland Douglas DC-6B N37559 43538 44 44 0 The 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.
1401 11/17/1955 23:59 Seattle, Washingon Peninsular 17K Seattle - Newark Douglas C-54 N88852 3123 74 28 0 Crashed on takeoff. In-flight prop failure. Maintenance error. The excessively high drag resulting from the improperly indexed propeller blades and inability to feather.
1402 11/17/1955 Near Las Vegas, Nevada Military - U.S. Air Force Douglas MC-54M 44-9068 27294 14 14 0 Crashed into the peak of Mount Charleston 30 miles WNW of Las Vegas.
1403 11/20/1955 17:00 Iwo Jima, Japan Military - US Air Force Douglas C124-DL Globemaster II 51-0149 43483 11 10 0 The military transport crashed seconds after taking off from Central Airport in Iwo Jima.
1404 11/30/1955 22:00 Near Ballico, California Military - U.S. Air Force Boeing RB-52B 52-8716 10 10 0 The 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.
1405 12/01/1955 02:00 Belem, Brazil Cruzeiro Douglas DC-3 PP-CCC 15845/32593 6 6 0 Shortly 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.
1406 12/17/1955 20:17 Hollywood, South Carolina Riddle Airlines Curtiss C-46A N9904F 30262 2 2 0 Cargo plane. An in-flight structural failure resulting from a violent pitch-down induced by the erratiaction of nonconforming elevator tab controls.
1407 12/19/1955 Sao Paulo, Brazil Cruzeiro Do Sud Sao Paulo - Belem Douglas DC-3 26 26 0 Crashed on takeoff.
1408 12/21/1955 03:43 Jacksonville, Florida Eastern Air Lines 642 Miami - Jacksonville Lockheed 749C-79-12 Constellation N112A 2533 17 17 0 The 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.
1409 01/12/1956 Frederick Henry Bay, Australia Ansett ANA Douglas C-47 VH-BZA 4651 2 1 0 Flew 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.
1410 01/17/1956 00:52 Oreway, Canada Quebecair Knob Lake - Oreway Douglas DC-3 CF-GVZ 15552/26997 18 4 0 Loss 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.
1411 01/18/1956 Torysa, Czechoslovakia Ceskoslovenske Aerolinie Bratislava - Kosice Douglas DC-3 OK-WDZ 9385 26 22 0 Crashed in the Tatra mountains while en route.
1412 01/28/1956 Lyon, France Air France Douglas C-47 F-BCYK 4509 3 3 0 The cargo plane was on approach when it crashed.
1413 02/13/1956 Frobisher Bay, Canada Maritime Central Airways Bristol 170 Freighter 31 CF-FZU 2 2 0 Loss of control due to improperly secured heavy cargo breaking loose and sliding to the rear of the aircraft during takeoff.
1414 02/14/1956 Near Fort Chimo, Quebec, Canada Spartan Air Services Douglas C-47-DL CF-BZH 6079 3 2 0 Crashed on a ferrying flight. Soldier of fortune Harold (Whitey) Dahl killed.
1415 02/17/1956 13:45 Near Niles, California Military - U.S. Marine Corps El Toro MAS - Alameda NAS Douglas R5D2 39116 40 40 0 Crashed 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.
1416 02/18/1956 13:23 Near Zurrieg, Malta Scottish Airlines Malta - London Avro 685 York C-1 G-ANSY 50 50 0 The 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.
1417 02/20/1956 02:40 Near Cairo, Egypt Transport Aerien Intercontinentaux (France) Saigon - Paris Douglas DC-6B F-BGOD 43835/380 64 52 0 The flight crashed while on approach 18 miles SE of Cairo. Pilot's inexperience in ILS approaches. Improper approach. Crew error. Crew fatigue.
1418 02/24/1956 Near Aleppo, Syria Syrian Airways Douglas DC-3 YK-AAE 14918/2636 19 19 0 Crashed shortly after taking off 15 miles from Damascus. Double engine failure during a thunderstorm.
1419 02/25/1956 14:55 Jalkot, Pakistan Pakistan International Airlines Gilgit - Islamabad Douglas C-47B AP-ACZ 16813/33561 3 3 0 Struck Lash Golath Moutain while en route.
1420 03/21/1956 Tezpur, India Indian Airlines Douglas DC-3 VT-CGN 12989 21 2 0 An 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.
1421 03/28/1956 Largs, England Starways Liverpool - Glasgow Douglas C-47B G-AMRB 16670/33418 3 1 0 During 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.
1422 03/31/1956 Indapur, India National Air Operators Asansol - Bagdogra Douglas C-47A VT-DCM 10230 3 3 0 The 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.
1423 03/31/1956 Korat ,Thailand Military - Royal Thai Air Force Douglas C-47A 18 18 0
1424 04/01/1956 19:20 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Trans World Airlines 400 Pittsburgh - Newark Martin 404 N40403 14103 36 22 0 The 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.
1425 04/02/1956 08:10 Seattle, Washington Northwest Orient Airlines 2 Seattle - Portland Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-30 N74608 15954 38 5 0 The 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.
1426 04/09/1956 09:51 Skilak Lake, Alaska Cordova Airlines 6 Anchorage - Seward Aero Commander 520 B5386N 520-7 6 6 0 Crashed 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.
1427 04/18/1956 Parintins, Brazil Panair do Brasil Belem - Parintins Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina PP-PDB 12 3 0 The plane struck an object in the water while landing and broke up.
1428 04/30/1956 09:30 London, England Scottish Airlines London - Malta Avro 685 York C-1 G-AMUL 54 2 0 The 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.
1429 05/15/1956 Kathmandu, Nepal Indian Airlines Douglas DC-3 VT-DBA 13165 33 14 1 The 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.
1430 05/15/1956 22:17 Orleans, Ontario, Canada Military - Royal Canadian Air Force CF-100 Mark V 2 2 13 The 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.
1431 05/24/1956 Guatemala City, Guatemala Aviateca Kano - Tripoli Douglas DC-3 TG-AHA 6052 31 30 0 Crashed 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.
1432 06/20/1956 01:30 Asbury Park, New Jersey Linea Aeropostal Venezolana New York City - Caracas Lockheed 1049E-55 Super Constellation YV-C-AMS 4561 74 74 0 About 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.
1433 06/24/1956 17:25 Kano, Nigeria British Overseas Airways Kano - Tripoli Canadair C-4 Argonaut G-ALHE 151 45 32 0 Crashed shortly after taking off from Kano Airport. Flew into a thunderstorm. Microburst windshear.
1434 06/30/1956 10:32 Grand Canyon, Arizona United Air Lines / Trans World Airlines 718 / 2 Los Angeles - Chicago / Los Angeles - Kansas City Douglas DC-7 / Lockheed S Constellation N6902C/N6324C 44288 / 4016 128 128 0 The 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.
1435 07/09/1956 13:53 Near Flat Rock, Michigan Trans Canada Air Lines 304 Chicago - Montreal Vickers Viscount CF-TGR 55 35 1 0 While 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.
1436 07/13/1956 15:35 Near Brows Mills, New Jersey Military - U.S. Air Force McGuire AFB - Harmon AFB Douglas C-118A 53-3301A 66 46 0 Crashed into a wooded area 2 minutes after taking off from McGuire Air Force Base. There was thunderstorm activity at the time. Microburst windshear.
1437 07/16/1956 07:15 Rio Cuarto, Argentina Aerolineas Argentinas Buenos Aires - Rio Cuarto Douglas DC-3 LV-ACD 13328 18 18 0 Crashed 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.
1438 08/08/1956 Thazi, Burma Union of Burma Airways Rangoon - Mandalay Douglas DC-3 XY-ADC 14348/2579 20 12 0 Crashed while en route.
1439 08/29/1956 20:45 Cold Bay, Alaska Canadian PacifiAir Lines 307 Vancouver - Hong Kong Douglas DC-6B CF-CUP 43843/324 22 15 0 The 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.
1440 09/09/1956 Amman, Jordan Jordan International Airlines Curtiss C-46A-45-CU JY-ABV 27069 57 1 0 The 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.
1441 09/09/1956 Bartlesville, Oklahoma Continental Airlines Douglas DC-3 / Cessna 170B N33315 / N8143A 4978 / 20995 18 0 0 Midair collision. Both planes landed safely. Failure of both aircraft to observe and avoid the other aircraft.
1442 10/02/1956 18:25 Near Nome, Alaska Alaska Airlines 701 Unalakleet and Nome Stinson AT-19 N 79069 FK-975 5 5 0 Crashed 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.
1443 10/10/1956 22:10 Off Land's End, England Military - U.S. Navy RAF Lakenheath - McGuire AFB Douglas C188-B 1311588 43691 59 59 0 The 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.
1444 10/16/1956 06:15 Over the PacifiOcean Pan American World Airways 943 Honolulu - San Francisco Boeing 377 Stratocruiser N90943 15959 31 0 0 The 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.'
1445 10/19/1956 Agartala, India Indian Airlines Douglas DC-3 VT-DGK 3 3 0 The cargo plane crashed after an attempted go-around.
1446 10/28/1956 22:00 Over the Mediterranean Sea Military - Egyptian Air Force Cairo - Dismascus Curtiss C-46 SU-AAB 23 23 0 Disappeared while en route.
1447 11/05/1956 23:52 Blackbushe, England Britavia Tripoli - Blackbushe Handley Page HP-1 Hermes G-ALDJ HP-81/11 80 5 0 While 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.
1448 11/07/1956 09:50 Hommelfjell, Norway Braathens Trondheim - Oslo de Havilland DH-114 Heron 2B LN-SUR 14093 12 2 0 The 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.
1449 11/15/1956 14:53 Puerto Somoza, Nicaragua Aerovias Guest Tocumen - Guatemala City Douglas C-54A-10-DC XA-HEG 10324 25 25 0 An unsuccessful belly landing was attempted on flat terrain following a fire in the fuel system.
1450 10/18/1957 Porto Alegre, Brazil Varig Douglas C-47A PP-VCS 19757 2 2 0 Incorrect use of flying controls during takeoff roll. Possible failure of left engine. Turbulent conditions close to ground.
1451 11/17/1956 17:00 El Rucio Mountain, Colombia Empresa Aviacion del Pacifico Buenaventura - Cali Douglas DC-3 HK-385 1971 36 36 0 Hit 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.
1452 11/24/1956 Near Eglisau, Switzerland Ceskoslovenske Aerolinie Eglisau - Prague Ilyushin IL-12B OK-DBP 93013517 23 23 0 Crashed into a field shortly after taking off.
1453 11/24/1956 23:17 Paris, France Linee Aeree Italiane Rome - Paris - Shannon - New York City Douglas DC-6B I-LEAD 45075 35 34 8 Lost 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.
1454 11/27/1956 07:50 Caracas, Venezuela Linea Aeropostal Venezolana 253 New York City - Maiquetia Lockheed 749-79-34 Constellation YV-C-AMA 2560 25 25 0 Struck 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.
1455 12/08/1956 06:47 Caqueta, Colombia AIDA Bogota - Medellin - Quibdo Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina HK-133 16 14 0 The 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.
1456 12/09/1956 19:15 Near Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada Trans Canada Air Lines 810-9 Vancouver - Toronto Canadair DC-4M-2 Northstar CF-TFD 128 62 62 0 The 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.
1457 12/12/1956 09:00 Dannemois, France Air France Training Vickers 708 Viscount F-BGNK 8 5 5 0 Crashed in a steep angle of attack.
1458 12/22/1956 21:30 Grub, Germany JAT Yugoslav Airlines Wien - Munchen Convair CV-340-58 YU-ADA 162 30 3 0 The 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.
1459 12/22/1956 17:20 Mt. Giner, Italy Linee Aeree Italiane Rome - Milan Douglas DC-3 I-LINC 9101 21 21 0 The 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.
1460 12/30/1956 15:00 Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Military - U.S. Air Force Lockheed C-121C Super Constellation 54-0165 54-0165 37 11 0 Crashed and burned while attempting to land.
1461 01/06/1957 00:01 Owasso, Oklahoma American Airlines 327 Joplin - Owasso Convair CV-240-0 N94247 104 10 1 0 Struck 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.
1462 01/11/1957 09:00 Near Buenos Aires, Argentina Fuerza Aérea Argentina Buenos Aires - Mar Del Plata - Mendoza Vickers 615 Viking 1B T-11 188 33 17 1 The 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.
1463 01/23/1957 c16:50 Ometepe Island, Nicaragua Lanica San Carlos - Managua Douglas DC-3 AN-AEC 12312 16 16 0 The 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.
1464 01/29/1957 19:24 Paris, France Air France Tunis - Paris SNCASE SE.2010 Armagnac F-BAVG 06 70 2 0 A 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.
1465 01/31/1957 11:18 Near Sunland, California Douglas Aircraft Santa Monica - Santa Monica Douglas DC-7B / U.S. Air Force F-89J N8210H/52-187OA 45192 / 4447 6 5 3 Midair 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.
1466 02/01/1957 18:02 New York, New York Northeast Airlines 823 New York City - Miami Douglas DC-6A N34954 44678/543 101 21 0 Shortly 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.
1467 02/22/1957 20:00 Kimpo Air Base, South Korea Military - U.S. Air Force Kimpo AB - Tokyo, Japan Douglas C-124C 51-141A 43475 159 22 0 The 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.
1468 03/02/1957 17:19 Blyn, Washington Alaska Airlines 100 Fairbanks - Seattle Douglas C-54B N90449 27239 5 5 0 Crashed 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.
1469 03/05/1957 11:00 Drayton, England Military -Royal Air Force Blackburn Beverley C Mark 1 XH117 22 18 2 The 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.
1470 03/09/1957 10:00 El Soldado, Colombia AVIANCA Condoto - Cali Douglas DC-3 HK-155 4338 15 15 0 Pilot did not follow prescribed route nor follow prescribed IFR procedures.
1471 03/14/1957 13:46 Manchester, England British European Airways Amsterdam - Manchester Vickers Viscount 701 G-ALWE 004 20 20 2 The 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.
1472 03/17/1957 01:30 Near Cebu, Philippines Military - Philippine Air Force Cebu - Manila Douglas C-47 Skytrain PI-C- 25 24 0 The 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.
1473 03/18/1957 Near Sayari, Bolivia Lloyd Aereo Boliviano Cochabamba - Oruro Douglas DC-3 CP-535 4867 19 19 0 Crashed into Andies peak while en route. Wreckage found 100 miles northeast of Cochabamba.
1474 03/22/1957 01:00 Over the North PacifiOcean Military - U.S. Air Force Travis AFB - Tokyo Boeing C-97C 50-702A 16246 67 67 0 Disappeared 200 miles southeast of Tokyo, Japan while on a flight from Travis Air Force Base to Tokyo. Cause unknown.
1475 04/07/1957 Bage, Brazil Varig Curtiss C-46A-45-CU PP-VCF 30283 40 40 0 Shortly 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.
1476 04/08/1957 Algiers, Algeria Air France Douglas DC-3 F-BEIK 14411/25856 34 34 0 Crashed just after takeoff, one mile from the airfield. Engine failure.
1477 04/10/1957 15:20 Anchieta Island, Brazil REAL 1800 Rio de Janerio - Sao Paulo Douglas DC-3 PP-ANX 13048 30 26 0 While 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.
1478 04/15/1957 07:53 Merida, Mexico Transportes Aéreos Mexicanos Consolidated B-24J XA-KUN 3 3 1 The 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.
1479 04/17/1957 08:30 Near El Quweira, Jordan Military -Royal Air Force Vickers Valetta C-Mk.1 VW832 24 24 0 Crashed and burned 5 minutes after taking off from Aqaba. The aircraft lost it's left wing after encountering clear air turbulence.
1480 04/20/1957 Jirkouk, Iraq Air France Tehran, Iran - Istanbul, Turkey Lockheed Super Constellation F-BGNE 4514 1 0 Explosive 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.
1481 05/01/1957 21:20 Blackbushe, Hants, England Eagle Aviation Blackbushe - Tripoli Vickers Viking 1B G-AJBO 241 35 34 0 Crashed 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.
1482 05/05/1957 Santoshpur, India Indian Airlines Douglas C-47A VT-AUV 20318 3 1 0 The 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.
1483 05/09/1957 19:04 Barajas, Madrid, Spain Aviaco 111 Santiago de Compostella - Madrid Bristol 170 Freighter EC-ADI 12757 37 37 0 Crashed while attemping to land. Procedural errors by the pilot.
1484 05/13/1957 Near San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina Lineas Aereas del Estado Vickers 615 Viking 1B T-3 151 16 16 0 The 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.
1485 05/13/1957 03:35 Narsarressuak, Greenland U.S. Overseas Airways Douglas DC-4 N68736 7449 3 2 0 Crashed into an ice cap. White-out conditions. Incorrect indication on navigation charts.
1486 05/13/1957 New Delhi, India Indian Airlines Douglas DC-3 VT-CFB 13626 2 2 3 During a training exercise the aircraft approached a stall entered a spin, partially recovered but crashed.
1487 06/14/1957 23:10 Near Moscow, Russia LOT Polish Airlines 232 Warsaw - Moscow Ilyushin P-14 SP-LNF 6341407 13 9 0 The 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.
1488 06/18/1957 Bodensee, Switzerland Swissair Training Douglas C-47B HB-IRK 20737 9 9 0 The 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.
1489 06/22/1957 07:50 Near Clarksburg, Maryland Capital Airlines Training Douglas C-47A N88835 19448 3 3 0 Loss 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.
1490 06/23/1957 14:20 Port Hardy, BC, Canada Queen Charlotte Airlines Port Hardy - Vancouver Douglas DC-3 CF-EPI 7408 18 14 0 Crashed while attempting an emergency landing after taking off with control difficulties. Jammed elevator. Crew forgot to remove the ground locks.
1491 07/01/1957 Bay of Bengal, Pakistan Pakistan International Airlines Douglas DC-3 AP-AJS 12501 24 24 0 Crashed onto tidal flats off Charlakhi Island during a storm.
1492 07/16/1957 03:36 Near Biak, Indonesia KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 844 Mokmer - Manila Lockheed 1049C Super Constellation PH-LKT 4504 68 58 0 The 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.
1493 07/25/1957 03:37 Daggett, California Western Airlines 39 Minneapolis -- Salt Lake - Cedar City - Las Vegas- LA Convair CV-240 N8405H 22 16 1 0 The 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.
1494 08/11/1957 14:15 Near Issoudun, Quebec, Canada Maritime Central Airways Reykjavík - Montreal Douglas DC-4 CF-MCF 18374 79 79 0 The 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.
1495 08/15/1957 Copenhagen, Denmark Aeroflot Riga - Copenhagen Ilyushin IL-14P CCCP-L1874 146000607 23 23 0 Crashed into the harbor after hitting the chimney of a factory.
1496 08/20/1957 Assam, India Indamer Douglas DC-3 VT-ARH 04851 8 8 0 While making a sharp turn the cargo plane stalled and crashed.
1497 08/29/1957 Near Juticalpa, Honduras Sahsa Airlines Douglas DC-3 XH-SAF 17139/3440 12 12 0 Crashed during takeoff.
1498 09/03/1957 Niquitao, Venezuela Avensa Maiquetia - Barinas Douglas DC-3 YV-C-AVG 4754 8 8 0 Strayed 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.
1499 09/15/1957 20:46 New Bedford, Massachusett Northeast Airlines 285 Martha's Vineyard - New Bedford Douglas DC-3 N33417 7337 24 12 0 The 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.
1500 09/18/1957 21:20 Montevideo, Uruguay REAL San Pablo - Porto Alegre - Montevideo Convair CV-440-62 PP-AQE 456 35 1 0 Flying VFR, the aircraft encountered fog during the approach, undershot the runway and crashed. Pilot error.
1501 09/28/1957 British European Airways de Havilland DH-114 Heron G-AOFY 14099 3 3 0 The 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.
1502 10/03/1957 Beirut, Lebanon Lebanese International Airways Beirut - Kuwait City Curtiss C-46A-45-CU OD-ACK 30249 27 27 0 Crashed into the ocean on takeoff.
1503 10/23/1957 16:51 Belfast, Ireland British European Airways London - Belfast Vickers 802 Viscount G-AOJA 150 7 7 0 While attempting to land at Belfast, in poor weather, the plane drifted to the right of the runway, overshot the runway and crashed. Cause unknown.
1504 10/28/1957 18:05 Madrid, Spain Iberia Airlines Tanger - Madrid Douglas DC-3 EC-ACH 19332 21 21 0 Intense fire in the No.1 engine while en route, caused by foreign objects entering from the nacelle.
1505 10/30/1957 Near Campeche, Mexico Transportes Aereos Mexicanos Fairchild C-82A XA-LIW 3 3 0 The cargo plane crashed en route.
1506 11/06/1957 Bristol, England Bristol Aeroplane Co. Bristol Britannia 175 G-ANCA 12917 15 15 0 Crashed 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.
1507 11/09/1957 16:27 900 miles E of Honolulu, Hawaii, PacifiOcean Pan American World Airways 7 San Fransisco - Honolulu Boeing - 377-10-29 Stratocruiser N90944 15960/40 44 44 0 The 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.'
1508 11/15/1957 20:08 Near Palma de Mallorca, Spain Aviaco Barcelona - Palma de Mallorca de Havilland DH-114 Heron 2D EC-ANZ 14117 4 4 0 The 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.
1509 11/15/1957 22:54 Chessell Down Hants, England Aquilla Airways Southhampton - Lisbona Short Solent 3 (flying boat) G-AKNU S-1299 58 43 0 The 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.
1510 11/21/1957 11:33 Christchurch, New Zealand Straits Air Freight Express Paraparaumu - Timaru Bristol 170 Freighter 31 ZK-AYH 12828 4 4 0 The cargo plane lost a wing in flight and crashed into farmlands. In-flight structural fatigue failure of the starboard front lower spar boom.
1511 12/08/1957 16:45 Bolivar, Argentina Aerolineas Argentinas Buenos Aires - San Carlos Douglas DC-4 LV-AHZ 27227 61 61 0 The 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.
1512 12/10/1957 Jeannine Lake, Quebec, Canada Northern Wings Douglas C-47A CF-GKV 13837/25282 3 3 0
1513 12/11/1957 13:12 Ozamis City, Philippines Philippine Air Lines Ozamis City - Pagadian de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter 12 2 0 While 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.
1514 12/23/1957 Stansted, England Scottish Airlines Malta - London Avro 685 York C-1 G-AMUN 4 4 0 The 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.
1515 12/23/1957 16:00 Off Oahu, Hawaii Military - U.S. Navy Lockheed WV-2 143197 23 19 0 The 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.
1516 12/31/1957 Buenos Aires, Argentina Aerolineas Argentinas Buenos Aires - Rosario - Corrientes Short Sunderland LV-AAR 51 9 0 The flying boat sank in Buenos Aires harbor while trying to make an emergency landing after losing an engine.
1517 01/16/1958 Belem, Brazil Cruzeiro Fairchild C-82A PP-CEF 10200 3 3 0 The cargo plane lost the No. 1 engine on takeoff and crashed.
1518 01/20/1958 Near La Paz, Bolivia TAM (Bolivia) Tipuani - La Paz Douglas DC-3 TAM-04 11 11 0 Crashed in mountainous terrain while en route.
1519 02/01/1958 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Loide Aéreo Nacional Rio de Janerio - Fortaleza Douglas DC-4 PP-LEM 18336 67 5 0 The 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.
1520 05/15/1958 New Delhi, India Pakistan International Airlines 205 Dehli - Karachi Convair CV-240-7 AP-AEH 052 38 21 2 Crashed 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.
1521 02/01/1958 19:15 Norwalk, California Military - U.S. Air Force / Military - U.S. Navy Long Beach - McGuire AFB Douglas C-118A / Lockheed P2V-5F 53-3277A/127723 44622/ 49 47 1 The 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.
1522 02/06/1958 14:17 Munich, Germany British European Airways 609 Munich - Manchester Airspeed Ambassador A5-57 G-ALZU 5217 44 23 0 The 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.'
1523 02/19/1958 Motu Taoru, France Réseau Aérien Interinsulaire Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina F-AOVV 15 15 0 Struck the water and sank after the right wing tip float contacted the water during a shallow turn for final approach.
1524 02/20/1958 05:35 Off Corvo Island, Azores Military - U.S. Navy Lockheed WV-2 BU-141310 22 22 0 Disappeared while on patrol about 100 miles from the Azores. No trace of the aircraft was ever found.
1525 02/27/1958 09:45 Horwich, Lancs, England Silver City Airways Isle of Man - Manchester Bristol 170 Freighter 21 G-AICS 12762 42 35 0 Crashed into a mountain near Winter Hill during an approach. The First Officer used the wrong radio beacon (Oldham Becaon instead of on Wigan Beacon).
1526 03/07/1958 19:45 Off Ryukyu Islands, Okinawa Military - U.S. Marine Corps/Military - U.S. Marine Corps Fairchild R4Q / Dougas AD-6 skyraider 129741/135350 26 26 0 The 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.
1527 03/07/1958 Menzalah Lake, Egypt Misrair Athens - Cairo Vickers 628 Viking 1B SU-AGN 196 26 8 0 While approaching Cairo, the aircraft was diverted to Port Said where it ditched into Menzalah Lake.
1528 03/22/1958 02:05 Grants, New Mexico Private Lockheed 18 Lodestar N300E 2312 4 4 0 The 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.'
1529 03/24/1958 Near Kathmandu, Nepal Indian Airlines Simra - Kathmandu Douglas DC-3 VT-CYN 19988 20 20 0 Due 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.
1530 03/25/1958 Miami, Florida Braniff Airlines 971 Douglas DC-7-C N5904 45072/793 24 9 0 The 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.
1531 03/27/1958 16:15 Bridgeport, Texas Military - U.S. Air Force/Military - U.S. Air Force Douglas C-124C / Fairchild C-119C 52-981A/49-195A 18 18 0 Collided 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.
1532 04/02/1958 Quito, Ecuador Transportes Aereos Orientales Quito - Esmeraldas Junkers JU-52/3m HC-SND J5109 14 3 0
1533 04/06/1958 23:19 Freeland, Michigan Capital Airlines 67 New York - Detroit - Saginaw - Chicago Vickers Viscount 745D N7437 135 47 47 0 The 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.
1534 04/07/1958 09:00 Mt. Illiniza, Ecuador AREA 222 Guayaquil - Quito Douglas DC-3 HC-ACL 19779 32 32 0 Flew into a mountain 15 minutes after leaving Guayaquil. Procedural error. The pilot did not maintain IFR until clear of the cloud cover.
1535 04/14/1958 20:07 Off Castell de Fels, Spain Aviaco Zaragoza - Barcelona de Havilland DH-114 Heron 2D EC-ANJ 14113 16 16 0 Crashed 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.
1536 04/21/1958 08:30 Near Sloan, 10 miles SW of Las Vegas, Nevada United Air Lines / Military - U.S. Air Force 736 Los Angeles - New York City Douglas DC-7 / F-100F N6328C/56-3755 45142 /243-31 49 49 0 The 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.
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