Narrative:The Skymaster departed Sorido Airstrip on Manus Island. After takeoff the pilot did not turn away to clear rising terrain. The aircraft flew into a bluff at an elevation of about 500 feet (150 m). It was deemed possible that the flaps were retracted too soon after takeoff.
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain
|Date:||Saturday 5 May 1945|
Douglas C-54E-1-DO (DC-4)
|Operator:||United States Army Air Force - USAAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 27269|
|First flight:|| 1945|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15|
|Total:||Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||Manus Island ( Papua New Guinea)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.