Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 23 August 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed WC-121N Super Constellation
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 137891
C/n / msn: 4378
First flight: 1956
Total airframe hrs:4353
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Puerto Rico (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Upon initial penetration of a storm eye (Hurricane Cleo) , the port wing tip fuel tank and portion of wing were torn away by extreme updraft turbulence. While trying to exit the storm, the starboard tip tank and larger portion of wing were torn away by extreme down draft turbulence. An emergency landing was made at NAS Roosevelt Roads, PR. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Classification:
Turbulence
Forced landing on runway

Sources:
» The Willy Victor Roster


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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.
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