ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-54A-10-DC (DC-4) N4726V San Fransisco, CA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 28 March 1964
Time:06:00 PST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-10-DC (DC-4)
Operator:Facilities Management Corp.
Registration: N4726V
MSN: 10315
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:1120 km (700 mls) W off San Fransisco, CA (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL), United States of America
Destination airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
The DC-4 took off from Honolulu at 22:47 PST for a flight to Los Angeles, ETA 10:27 PST. At 05:54 PST the pilot reported a bad fire in the no. 2 engine and stated that a ditching might become necessary. Nothing more was heard from the flight. Extensive search efforts were discontinued after 5 days; nothing had been found.
A total of 15-17 min maintenance delay had occurred on the Los Angeles-Philippines round trip. Among the causes of these delays was a recurring oil leak in the propeller governor assembly for the no. 2 engine.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "In-flight No.2 engine fire for an undetermined cause, resulting in ditching at sea."


Engine fire



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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 Honolulu International Airport, HI to Los Angeles International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 4084 km (2553 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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