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Last updated: 23 October 2017
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:dimanche 9 juin 1946
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-15-DC (DC-4)
Compagnie:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Immatriculation: 43-17231
Numéro de série: 22181
Année de Fabrication: 1945
Equipage:victimes: 6 / à bord: 6
Passagers:victimes: 17 / à bord: 17
Total:victimes: 23 / à bord: 23
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Taboga Island (   Panama)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Militaire
Aéroport de départ:West Palm Beach-Morrison Field, FL (PBI/KPBI), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Panama City-Albrook AFB, Panama
Détails:
A Douglas C-54D aircraft was destroyed when it crashed on Taboga Island, Panama, killing all 23 on board.
The aircraft operated a flight from West Palm Beach, Florida, to Panama City. The pilot had filed an IFR flight plan although he did not posses a valid instrument rating.
Weather at Taboga Island was reported as a ceiling of approximately 750 feet above sea-level, with a visibility of 15 miles. The top 250 feet of Taboga was covered with cloud and visibility was 1/16 mile with light drizzle. While descending towards the destination airport, the airplane struck a mountain slope on Taboga Island.

Probable Cause:

It is the opinion of the members of the Investigating Board that the pilot sighted Otoque Island and mistook it for Taboga and that he was in the vicinity of Otoque Island when he gave his estimated position of 15 miles southeast of the field. It is further believed that when the pilot called the tower and gave his estimated position as 5 miles south offield and at 1000 feet on instruments that he thought he was past Taboga Island, approaching Albrook Field, and that by dropping down a little he would be contact again.
Actually the estimated distance of 10 miles traveled would place him over Taboga from Otoque.

Sources:
» The Canal Zone Philatelist (Vol. 35, No.4, 1999)


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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre West Palm Beach-Morrison Field, FL et Panama City-Albrook AFB est de 1958 km (1224 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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