Accident description
Last updated: 24 November 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 15 June 1954
Time:03:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54G-1-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Great Lakes Airlines
Registration: N30070
C/n / msn: 35931
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:21923
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-9M4
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 79
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 82
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Gage Airport, OK (GAG) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kansas City (unknown airport), MO, United States of America
Destination airport:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), United States of America
Flightnumber: 146
Narrative:
An uncontrollable no. 3 engine fire forced the crew to carry out an off runway emergency landing. The aircraft burned out.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A bearing failure of the no.3 engine generator causing extreme frictional heat and the release of inflammable fluid which ignited in flight."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (115-117)


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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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