Beschrijving:The Lockheed WV-3 Super Constellation, BuNo 137893, took off from Guam at 06:00 in the morning of September 1956 on a weather recon mission with an 18 man crew. The flight was normal for the first 14 hours or so. On the return leg, when the flight was 200 miles from Guam, when it lost engine #1 due to oil starvation. The engine was shut down and the propeller feathered. The pilot reported his position to Guam central and the radioman sent the position to the VW3 squadron duty office where it was tracked. The flight continued toward Guam at an altitude of 1200 feet. With 100 miles to go #4 engine experienced complete loss of power and was shut down. The propeller was feathered. However, the propeller never went to full feather and windmilled. There was a violent swerve to the right. Shortly after this, engines #2 and #3 started to lose power. At 80 miles from Guam and losing altitude at 500 to 700 feet per minute the captain decided to ditch the aircraft while he still had lateral control and issued the "Prepare to Ditch" command. Navigator Wanbaugh gave an updated position report to the pilot and radioman for the "May-Day" transmissions. A ditching was carried out. All 18 occupants climbed into two life rafts, already deployed, and pushed off at around 22:00. At about 03:20 on September 18th, the life rafts were sighted by a P2V Neptune aircraft flying search and rescue. The occupants were rescued by Coast Guard Cutter Buttonwood.
|Datum:||17 SEP 1956|
|Type:||Lockheed WV-3 Super Constellation|
|Luchtvaartmaatschappij:||United States Navy|
|Bemanning:||slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 18|
|Passagiers:||slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0|
|Totaal:||slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 18 |
|Gevolgen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Plaats:||160 km (100 mijl) S van Guam (Grote Oceaan)
|Fase:|| Kruisvlucht (ENR)|
|Vliegveld van vertrek:||Guam-Agana NAS (NGM), Guam|
|Vliegveld van aankomst:||Guam-Agana NAS (NGM), Guam|
» James (Jim) Lines (survivor) (E-mail, 26-4-2010)
Partial of LtJg Peter Wanbaugh’s left shoulder behind partially lowered canopy, Sharfman AT-3/C signaling with smoke while Neill AD-2/C watches
USCG cutter Buttonwood’s crew helps survivors aboard
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet
de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Guam-Agana NAS en Guam-Agana NAS bedraagt 0 km (0 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.