Narrative:The DC-6 took off from Guam-Agana NAS runway 05L for a night-time VFR flight. The plane made a right turn after takeoff and climbed continuously until striking Mount Barrigada. The plane struck the mountain 300 feet above airfield elevation and slid into thick underbrush cutting a swath for nearly 1000 feet before coming to rest.
|Date:||19 SEP 1960|
|C/n / msn:|| 44914/646|
|First flight:|| 1956|
|Total airframe hrs:||12746|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 73 / Occupants: 86|
|Total:||Fatalities: 80 / Occupants: 94 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Guam-Agana NAS (NGM) (Guam)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Guam-Agana NAS (NGM), Guam|
|Destination airport:||Wake Island Airport (AWK/PAWK), U.S. Minor Outlying Islands|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the pilot to comply with published departure procedures applicable to runway 6 left and 6 right."
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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 Guam-Agana NAS to Wake Island Airport as the crow flies is 2402 km (1502 miles).
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.