Narrative:The DC-4 was on a flight from Brussels to New York with intermediate stops at Shannon and Gander. The aircraft crashed in bad weather. Reportedly, the pilot attempted to carry out a visual approach to Gander by trying to descend below the clouds. Since the cloud base was about ground level, the airplane descended into trees. It crashed and broke up.
|Date:||Wednesday 18 September 1946|
|C/n / msn:|| 42986|
|First flight:|| 1946|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 37|
|Total:||Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 44 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||35 km (21.9 mls) SW of Gander, NF (Canada)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Ireland|
|Destination airport:||Gander Airport, NF (YQX/CYQX), Canada|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot did not carry out the appropriate approach procedure for landing in bad weather conditions."
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Shannon Airport to Gander Airport, NF as the crow flies is 3156 km (1972 miles).
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.