Accident
Last updated: 27 August 2014
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Datum:Montag 22 Juni 1959
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6A/B
Fluggesellschaft:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Kennzeichen: N5026K
Werknummer: 44426/477
Baujahr: 1954
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 8
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Shannon Airport (SNN) (   Irland) show on map
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Frachtflug
Flug von:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Irland
Flug nach:?
Unfallbericht:
Immediately after applying takeoff power, the crew of the DC-6 heard a loud noise and the takeoff was abandoned. A visual check before the plane stopped revealed that the no. 4 engine had separated from the wing. A fire erupted and spread after evacuation, destroying the aircraft. It appeared that the no. 4 propeller had failed and that the unbalanced loads on the engine mounts caused separation of the entire engine.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by fatigue failure of No.1 blade of No.4 propeller. Laboratory findings showed that the failure was caused by previous blade bending resulting in the disruption of the compressive stresses in the shot peened area of the propeller blade."

Informationsquelle:
» FAA-Daily Mechanical Report no. D 150 (03.08.1959)
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (131)


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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.
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