Accident description
Last updated: 30 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 8 November 1957
Time:ca 01:27
Type:Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-29
Operator:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: N90944
C/n / msn: 15960
First flight: 1949
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-B6
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pacific Ocean (   Pacific Ocean) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), United States of America
Destination airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL), United States of America
Flightnumber: 7
Narrative:
Boeing 377 Stratocruiser "Clipper Romance of the Skies" carried out a round-the-world flight originating in San Francisco, first stop being Honolulu. The aircraft departed San Francisco at 19:51 GMT for a 10-hour flight. Latest position report over the Pacific was at 01:04. Some days later, on 14 November, the US Navy carrier "Philippine Sea" located bodies and parts of wreckage some 940 miles east of Honolulu and 90 miles North of the intended track.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board has insufficient tangible evidence at this time to determine the cause of the accident. Further research and investigation is in process concerning the significance of evidence of carbon monoxide in body tissue of the aircraft occupants."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (35-41)


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Distance from San Francisco International Airport, CA to Honolulu International Airport, HI as the crow flies is 3831 km (2395 miles).

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