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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Date:Saturday 24 September 1955
Time:06:41 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-15-DC (DC-4)
Operator:Flying Tiger Line
Registration: N90433
C/n / msn: 10410
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:25590
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1600 km (1000 mls) W off Honolulu, HI, USA (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL), United States of America
Destination airport:Wake Island Airport (AWK/PAWK), U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
While on a cross-Pacific flight from Wake Island to Honolulu, the no. 1 engine stopped. The crew then placed the no. 2 and 3 fuel selectors to the near empty auxiliary tanks. The no. 2 and 3 engines then also stopped, forcing the crew to feather the no.1, 2 and 3 propellers. Full power was applied to the remaining no. 4 engine as the DC-4 descended. Separate attempts were made to restart the no. 1 and 2 engines, but of no avail. When trying to restart the no. 3 engine, the aircraft struck the water.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the loss of power in three engines due to incorrect fuel system management and faulty restarting methods which resulted in the ditching of the aircraft."

Fuel starvation

» CAB report File No. 1-0160


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Honolulu International Airport, HI to Wake Island Airport as the crow flies is 3673 km (2295 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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