Narrative:The Constellation operated on a flight Paris-Rome-Beirut-Tehran. The flight departed Rome at 22:32 GMT bound for Beirut. At 02:10 the no. 3 engine broke away from the wing following violent vibration. Vibrations continued and altitude was lost. A forced ditching was carried out 6 miles from Fetiye point, 1,5 miles offshore.
|Date:||03 AUG 1953|
|Type:||Lockheed L-749A Constellation|
|C/n / msn:|| 2628|
|First flight:|| 1950|
|Total airframe hrs:||10058|
|Engines:|| 4 Wright 749-C18BD1 Cyclone|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 34|
|Total:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 42 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||10 km (6.3 mls) off Fethiye (Turkey)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy|
|Destination airport:||Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure in flight of a propeller blade resulting in the separation of no.3 engine from the aircraft and loss of control of no.4 engine. The cause of the blade fracture cannot be determined."
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (97-99)
Official accident investigation report
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Distance from Roma-Ciampino Airport to Beirut International Airport as the crow flies is 2174 km (1359 miles).