Beschrijving: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 McChord 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.
|Datum:||zaterdag 19 januari 1952|
Douglas C-54E-5-DO (DC-4)
|Luchtvaartmaatschappij:||Northwest Orient Airlines|
|Motoren:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000|
|Bemanning:||slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3|
|Passagiers:||slachtoffers: 33 / inzittenden: 40|
|Totaal:||slachtoffers: 36 / inzittenden: 43 |
|Gevolgen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Plaats:||1,6 km (1 mijl) ESE van Sandspit Airport, BC (YZP) ( Canada)
|Fase:|| InitiŰle klim (ICL)|
|Soort vlucht:||Binnenlandse charter|
|Vliegveld van vertrek:||Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK (EDF/PAED), Verenigde Staten|
|Vliegveld van aankomst:||Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM), Verenigde Staten|
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
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 Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK en Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA bedraagt 2322 km (1451 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.