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Last updated: 18 January 2020
Status:Final
Date:Friday 20 July 1979
Time:19:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-50-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Trans National Airlines
Registration: N63250
C/n / msn: 34329/17062
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:off Honolulu, HI, USA (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:San Jose Municipal Airport, CA (SJC/KSJC), United States of America
Destination airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL), United States of America
Narrative:
The pilot was forced to ditch the plane as he had become lost due to a failure of the Loran navigation equipment. The wreckage was never recovered.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - became lost/disoriented
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel exhaustion
FACTORS:
instruments/equipment and accessories - communications and navigation equipment: other
instruments/equipment and accessories - communications and navigation equipment: loran receiver
miscellaneous acts,conditions - communications failure
miscellaneous acts,conditions - failure of two or more engines
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-2 engines

Classification:
Missing
Ditching

Sources:
» Douglas DC-3 Dakota Historical Society
» NTSB


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Distance from San Jose Municipal Airport, CA to Honolulu International Airport, HI as the crow flies is 3860 km (2413 miles).

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