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Last updated: 23 October 2017
Datum:Mittwoch 29 Juni 1983
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54G-10-DO (DC-4)
Fluggesellschaft:Pacific Air Express
Kennzeichen: N300JT
Werknummer: 36072
Baujahr: 1945
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:6 km (3.8 Meilen) von Kahului, HI (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Hilo International Airport, HI (ITO/PHTO), USA
Flug nach:Kahului Airport, HI (OGG/PHOG), USA
After intercepting the glide slope at 3000 feet (the aircraft was flying VFR, but the crew used the ILS as a reference), the pilot called for 2250rpm and gear extension. While descending through 2000 feet he noticed the aircraft slowing down and descending below the glide slope. Power was increased, but the engines didn't respond.
At 800 feet over the Outer Marker, all 4 engines failed simultaneously. The DC-4 freighter belly landed in a cane field, 6120 feet short of the runway, and 5820 feet right of the extended centreline.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Carburettor icing.

» Location of Commercial Aircraft Accidents/Incidents Relative to Runways / FAA, Office of Safety Oversight (DOT/FAA/AOV 90-1)
» NTSB Id. LAX 83FA310


photo of Douglas C-54G-10-DO N404AD
N404AD was bought by Pacific Air Express in December 1982 and re-registered N300JT in March 1983.
photo of Douglas C-54G-10-DO N12191
N12191 went on to fly for several U.S. operators before becoming N300JT in December 1982
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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 Hilo International Airport, HI to Kahului Airport, HI as the crow flies is 194 km (121 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.
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