Crash-aerien 20 SEP 1947 d'un Douglas DC-4 NC88911 - New York-Floyd Bennett Field, NY (NOP)
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Statuts:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:samedi 20 septembre 1947
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Compagnie:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Immatriculation: NC88911
Numéro de série: 27229
Année de Fabrication: 1944
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 5
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 36
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 41
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:New York-Floyd Bennett Field, NY (NOP) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Bermuda Air Terminal (BDA/TXKF), Bermudes
Aéroport de destination:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:PA131
Three hours into the flight problems with the right hand fuel system caused the captain to attempt to operate the no. 3 and 4 engines from their respective main tanks. Both engines failed a little later. Flight was continued on 2 engines until the fire warning light came on for both no. 3 and 4 engines. Shortly after firing the no. 3 engine CO2 bottle the landing gear leg dropped down with its tire burning. Full takeoff power was applied as the crew prepared for a ditching. The aircraft was able to reach Floyd Bennett and landed 775 feet from the south end of runway 01, skidding for another 2167 feet on the runway. It appeared that the engine problems were caused by electrical arcing between an aluminum battery bus bar and an engine control pulley bracket in the no. 3 engine nacelle.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was electrical arcing between the battery 'bus' and an engine control pulley bracket in the No 3 engine nacelle. This arcing resulted from the lack of adequate protection for the 'bus'."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 46)
» CAB File No. 1-0083


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Bermuda Air Terminal et New York-La Guardia Airport, NY est de 1235 km (772 miles).

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