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Last updated: 26 November 2020
Date:mardi 22 janvier 1957
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R5D-3 (DC-4)
Compagnie:United States Navy
Immatriculation: 50869
Numéro de série: 10546
Année de Fabrication: 1945
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord:
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord:
Total:victimes: 1 / à bord: 7
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Grosse Ile NAS, MI (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Aéroport de départ:Albuquerque Municipal Airport, NM (ABQ/KABQ), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI (YIP/KYIP), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
The R5D-3 was operating on a flight from NAS Miramar near San Diego to Detroit-Willow Run Airport. An intermediate stop was made at Albuquerque to pick up the body of a Navy pilot who had died in an airplane crash earlier. The crew prepared for an ILS approach to Willow Run and the weather was deteriorating. Snow had begun falling heavily only 20 minutes earlier and the ceiling had dropped from 900 feet to only 550 feet. The intention was to descend to 800 feet and to divert to Grosse Ile NAS for a GCA approach there in case the ground was not in sight. The plane descended too low and impacted a pond. It traveled about 100 feet before hitting a small bank and then bouncing another 126 feet through the air. It then hit the pond again and traveled about 134 feet before one of the engines was ripped off against the pond's bank. After skidding nearly 200 feet, the wings were torn off as the fuel, spilling from the wing tanks, burst into flames. Reportedly a faulty altimeter reading caused by a frozen moisture drain on the Pitot Static System had caused faulty altimeter readings.

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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 Albuquerque Municipal Airport, NM et Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI est de 2136 km (1335 miles).

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