Accident description
Last updated: 19 April 2014
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 26 October 1947
Time:13:45 PST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Operator:Pan American World Airways
Registration: NC88920
C/n / msn: 10317
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:4146
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Annette Island, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Seattle (unknown airport), WA, United States of America
Destination airport:Annette Island Airport, AK (ANN/PANT), United States of America
Flightnumber: 923
Narrative:
Flight 923 departed at 10:30 from Seattle for Juneau with an intermediate stop scheduled at Annette Island. Proceeding at 9,000 feet, the flight arrived over Annette Island at 13:38. Earlier, at 13:26, the flight had received a weather observation which reported an indefinite 1,400-foot ceiling, overcast, lower broken clouds, visibility of 3 miles, rain, wind southeast at 28 miles per hour, with gusts to 40 miles per hour. The flight had commenced the let down but at 13:43 it advised Annette Radio that it was proceeding to Juneau because of extreme turbulence. Just two minutes later the aircraft struck the north side of the Tamgas Mountain at an elevation of approximately 3,400 feet, 196 feet below the summit. The wreckage was found October 31.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board finds that there is not sufficient evidence to determine the probable cause of this accident."

Events:


Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 46)
» CAB File No. 1-0099-47


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