Narrative:A Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster transport plane en route from Okinawa to Midway Island, sank after ditching off shore from Okinawa, Japan. All nine crew members survived.
After takeoff and climb to 12,450 feet, the number four propeller began to malfunction. The pilots shut the engine down, feathered the prop, and turned back toward Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base.
While on approach the propeller control and propeller power circuit failed, causing a fixed pitch condition leading to engine flameout of all three remaining engines at 2500 feet. A ditching was carried out and the airplane broke in half.
» The Curse of the Cargomaster / Air & Space Magazine Sept. 2010
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 Okinawa-Kadena AFB to Midway Islands NAS as the crow flies is 5349 km (3343 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.