Accident
Last updated: 25 October 2014
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Sonntag 23 September 1962
Zeit:22:00 UTC
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation
Fluggesellschaft:Flying Tiger Line
Kennzeichen: N6923C
Werknummer: 4827
Baujahr: 1958
Betriebsstunden:15800
Triebwerk: 4 Wright R-3350 (988TC18EA6)
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 8
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 23 / Insassen: 68
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 28 / Insassen: 76
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:800 km (500 Meilen) W vom Land entfernt von Shannon, Ireland (   Atlantischer Ozean) show on map
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Gander Airport, NF (YQX/CYQX), Kanada
Flug nach:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Deutschland
Flugnummer: 923
Unfallbericht:
The Super Constellation departed Gander at 17:09 GMT for a military (MATS) charter flight to Frankfurt. Three hours later, at FL210 a fire developed in the no. 3 engine, which was shut down and the propeller feathered. The no. 1 engine oversped 5 minutes later when the flight engineer closed the no. 1 engine firewall shut-off valve in error. The crew were not able to restart the engine, and wanted to divert to Shannon with METO power on the no. 4 engine and reduced power on engine no. 2. The no. 2 engine lost power and finally failed, forcing the crew to carry out a ditching. The left wing broke off, but the fuselage remained intact. The cabin filled with water fast and the aircraft sank nose first in about 10 minutes.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of two of the aircraft's four engines, and improper action of the flight engineer which disabled a third engine thereby necessitating a ditching at sea."

Informationsquelle:
» Ditch or crash-land?/B.W. Townshend, 1965 (36-46)
» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (60-66)


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Distance from Gander Airport, NF to Frankfurt International Airport as the crow flies is 4390 km (2744 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.
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