Accident description
Last updated: 1 November 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 10 May 1958
Type:Boeing S.307 Stratoliner
Operator:Quaker City Airways
Registration: N75385
C/n / msn: 2002
First flight: 1940
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:24 km (15 mls) from Madras, OR (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Troutdale Airport, OR (TTD), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Boeing Stratocruiser N75385 was taken out of storage and prepared for a ferry flight to determine fuel and oil consumption. Auxiliary gasoline tanks were installed in the cabin, but had not been tested prior to the flight, despite fuel leaks of an unknown origin. During the flight there was an explosion in the cabin and fire was seen coming from the accessory compartment. A forced landing was carried out on a mesa with grass-covered boulders; the plane burned out completely.

Sources:
» Air Pictorial 2/66 p.56
» Boeing S-307/C-75 Stratoliner production list / G. Goodall


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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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