Narrative:About one minute after take-off the aircraft encountered windshear and possible precipitation turbulence, causing the nose to pitch up. The aircraft stalled and crashed into the sea; an explosion followed.
|Date:||Tuesday 13 January 1970|
Douglas C-47B-45-DK (DC-3D)
|C/n / msn:|| 16964/34224|
|First flight:|| 1945|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29|
|Total:||Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 32 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||off Apia-Faleolo Airport (APW) (Samoa)
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Nature:||Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Apia-Faleolo Airport (APW/NSFA), Samoa|
|Destination airport:||Pago Pago International Airport (PPG/NSTU), American Samoa|
CAUSE: Unrecoverable stall due to shifting of winds.
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display the exact flight path.
Distance from Apia-Faleolo Airport to Pago Pago International Airport as the crow flies is 150 km (94 miles).
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.