ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47B-50-DK (DC-3) N63250 Honolulu, HI, USA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 20 July 1979
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
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)
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
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:

pilot in command - became lost/disoriented
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel exhaustion
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

Loss of situational awareness


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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).

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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