Détails:Flight 324, was a flight from Tokyo, Japan, to McChord AFB, via Shemya and Anchorage. It departed Elmendorf AFB at 21:11 for the IFR flight to Mchord AFB. The flight climbed to the 10,000-foot assigned altitude and at 22:13, shortly after passing Middleton Island, requested permission to descend to 8,000 feet. ARTC cleared the flight to descend and the new cruising altitude was reached at 22:22. The trip was uneventful until opposite Sitka, Alaska, when the pilot reported, at 00:03, that no. 1 propeller had been feathered. The prop had been feathered due to a "broken" oil cooler and the pilot decided to divert to Sandspit. The flight was cleared to that point and proceeded without further incident on three engines. The aircraft touched down at a point about one-third down the runway. After a short roll, power was applied at about the mid-point of the strip and the aircraft took off, barely clearing a low fence and driftwood which was approximately two feet high at the end of the runway. The aircraft, at near stalling speed during the attempted climb-out, settled into the water, bounced, and came to rest 26 degrees to the left and approximately 4,500 feet from the end of the runway. All or nearly all of the passengers evacuated the aircraft, with no known serious injuries. However, air and water temperatures were near freezing; drowning and exposure accounted for 36 fatalities.
|Date:||samedi 19 janvier 1952|
|Compagnie:||Northwest Orient Airlines|
|Numéro de série:|| 27279|
|Année de Fabrication:|| 1945|
|Heures de vol:||18859|
|Moteurs:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000|
|Equipage:||victimes: 3 / à bord: 3|
|Passagers:||victimes: 33 / à bord: 40|
|Total:||victimes: 36 / à bord: 43 |
|Dégats de l'appareil:|| Perte Totale|
|Conséquences:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Lieu de l'accident:||1,6 km (1 milles) ESE de Sandspit Airport, BC (YZP) (Canada)
|Phase de vol:|| En montée initiale (ICL)|
|Aéroport de départ:||Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK (EDF/PAED), Etats-Unis d'Amérique|
|Aéroport de destination:||Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM), Etats-Unis d'Amérique|
|Numéro de vol:|| 324|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "A nose gear retraction difficulty in connection with an icing condition or a power loss, which made the aircraft incapable of maintaining flight."
» CAB File No. 1-0017
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposé destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK et Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA est de 2322 km (1451 miles).
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 tels qui sont connus à ce jour.