ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-7CF N290 Annette Island, AK, USA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 3 June 1963
Time:18:16 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7CF
Operator:Northwest Orient Airlines
Registration: N290
MSN: 45209/861
First flight: 1957
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 95 / Occupants: 95
Total:Fatalities: 101 / Occupants: 101
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:292 km (182.5 mls) WSW off Annette Island, AK, USA (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM), United States of America
Destination airport:Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK (EDF/PAED), United States of America
Flightnumber: 293
The DC-7C was on a Military Air Transport Service (MATS) charter flight from McChord AFB to Elmendorf AFB, departing McChord at 07:52 PST. Last radio contact with the flight was at 10:06 when the crew requested a clearance to climb to a cruising altitude of 18000 feet instead of 14000 feet.
At 11:16 PST a search for the aircraft was begun, with floating debris located at 19:22 PST.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Because of lack of evidence, the Board is unable to determine the probable cause of the accident."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

» CAB Accident Report File No. 1-0009


photo of Douglas-DC-7CF-N290
accident date: 03-06-1963
type: Douglas DC-7CF
registration: N290

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 Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA to Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK as the crow flies is 2323 km (1452 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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