Accident
Last updated: 18 April 2014
Status:Definitief
Datum:donderdag 31 augustus 1950
Tijd:ca 02:03
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-749A Constellation
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registratie: N6004C
Constructienummer: 2636
Bouwjaar: 1950
Aantal vlieguren:1100
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 7 / inzittenden: 7
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 48 / inzittenden: 48
Totaal:slachtoffers: 55 / inzittenden: 55
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:nabij Wadi Natrun (   Egypte) show on map
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Cairo-Farouk Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypte
Vliegveld van aankomst:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), ItaliŰ
Vluchtnummer: 903
Beschrijving:
TWA Flight 903 from Bombay, India to New York was carried out by TWA's Constellation "Star of Maryland". Departure from Bombay was at 08:34, August 30 and arrival at Cairo at 22:17. A complete crew change was made at Cairo and the aircraft was refueled The weather over the route was good and the flight departed Cairo at 23:35, planning to cruise at an altitude of 14,500 feet. A routine position report was received from the flight by the Cairo control tower at 23:55, "off Cairo 23:35 25 miles out of Cairo at 23:43 estimated time of arrival Rome 0530". This message was acknowledged but the flight did not reply. At that moment, while climbing through an altitude of approx 10,000 feet, the plane suffered a no. 3 engine failure. A major fire erupted, forcing the crew to return to Cairo. When the burning engine fell free of the aircraft, a forced landing in the desert became necessary. The aircraft crashed during the attempted night-time emergency landing.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the rear row master rod bearing causing an uncontrolled fire which precipitated a crash landing."

Bronnen:
» CAB File No. 1-0114
» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.2, Circular 24-AN/21 (15-20)


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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Cairo-Farouk Airport en Roma-Ciampino Airport bedraagt 2112 km (1320 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.
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