ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-124C Globemaster II 50-107 Johnston Island
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Date:Friday 4 July 1958
Type:Douglas C-124C Globemaster II
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 50-107
MSN: 43245
First flight:
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:320 km (200 mls) NE off Johnston Island (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK), United States of America
Destination airport:Wake Island Airport (AWK/PAWK), U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
The C-124 Globemaster operated on a cargo flight across the Pacific Ocean to Tokyo.
En route over the Pacific, at 01:20 Hawaiian time, the crew radioed that they were feathering the propeller on engine no. 3 and that the flight would divert to Honolulu, Hawaii. At 01:33 the flight reported that the propeller failed to feather. It continued to windmill and it was losing oil rapidly. The crew decided to divert to Johnston Island instead of Honolulu.
It appeared that a propeller blade had broken away, striking the aileron and causing severe control problems. The aircraft ditched in the Pacific. Twelve hours later three survivors were rescued from the water.

Prop/turbine blade separation
Loss of control

» Daytona Beach Morning Journal - Jul 5, 1958
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde


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Distance from Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI to Wake Island Airport as the crow flies is 3673 km (2296 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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