Accident description
Last updated: 30 July 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 20 March 1953
Time:18:38
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54G-10-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Transocean Air Lines
Registration: N88942
C/n / msn: 36076
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:5976
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-4
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:19 km (11.9 mls) SW of Alvarado, CA (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roswell-Industrial Airport, NM (ROW/KROW), United States of America
Destination airport:Oakland International Airport, CA (OAK/KOAK), United States of America
Flightnumber: 942
Narrative:
Transocean Air Lines Flight 942 departed Roswell at 12:11 for Oakland. The flight was for the purpose of transporting military personnel. After departing Roswell the flight progressed in a routine manner and at 14:51, when in the vicinity of Winslow, Arizona, the Defense VFR flight plan was changed to IFR, still at least 500 feet on top of clouds. At 18:19 the flight reported over the Newark, California, compass locator and fan marker at 8,000 feet where it held for 11 minutes. At 18:27, Oakland Approach Control cleared Flight 942 for a straight-in range approach, to descend in the holding pattern to cross the Newark compass locator at 3,500 feet and to report leaving each 1,000-foot level. Three minutes later, at 18:30, the flight reported leaving 8,000 feet, and subsequently reported leaving each 1,000-foot level. At 18:36, it reported being at 3,500 feet leaving the Newark compass locator inbound. Almost immediately thereafter the aircraft became uncontrollable. The aircraft descended in a steep right wing low slipping attitude until it crashed in a large flat field near Alvarado, CA.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loss of control of the aircraft for reasons unknown, during its descent from the Newark compass locator."

Classification:
Cause undetermined
Loss of control

Sources:
» CAB File No, 1-0016
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (60-63)


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Distance from Roswell-Industrial Airport, NM to Oakland International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 1661 km (1038 miles).

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