Accident description
Last updated: 23 April 2014
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 5 January 1980
Time:07:00
Type:Lockheed 18 Learstar I
Operator:F. Sorensen
Registration: N163R
C/n / msn: 18-2492A
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Wright C9HD
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Palmyra Island, Line Islands (   U.S. Minor Outlying Islands) show on map
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL), United States of America
Destination airport:Palmyra Island Atoll-Cooper Airport (PLPA), U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
Narrative:
Lodestar N163R was carrying seven Amateur Radio operators to the Palmyra Island atoll in the Pacific. While approaching the airstrip the pilot estimated a cross wind gusting to 15 knots. However, below tree level the wind was calm. The Lodestar swerved off the runway and collided with trees.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - improper compensation for wind conditions
FACTOR:
weather - wind shear

Sources:
» NTSB File 3-0344


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Distance from Honolulu International Airport, HI to Palmyra Island Atoll-Cooper Airport as the crow flies is 1763 km (1102 miles).

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