Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 22 March 1955
Time:02:03
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R6D-1 (DC-6)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 131612
C/n / msn: 43715/362
First flight: 1953
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 57
Total:Fatalities: 66 / Occupants: 66
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:24 km (15 mls) NW of Honolulu, HI (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK), United States of America
Destination airport:Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA (SUU/KSUU), United States of America
Narrative:
The R6D-1, a Navy derivative of the DC-6, was flying Air Force, Army and Navy personnel from Tokyo to Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA. An intermediate stop was made at Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK). After takeoff from Hickam AFB, the airplane suffered radio problems and the crew decided to return to the air base.
A navigational error caused the plane strayed off course towards the Waianae Range. The airplane flew into a mountain peak, eight miles north of its intended position.


Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI to Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA as the crow flies is 3893 km (2433 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.
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