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Last updated: 5 December 2020
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Samstag 5 Januar 1980
Zeit:07:00
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18 Learstar I
Fluggesellschaft:F. Sorensen
Kennzeichen: N163R
Werknummer: 18-2492A
Baujahr: 1943
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 7
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 9
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Palmyra Island, Line Islands (   U.S. Minor Outlying Islands)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL), USA
Flug nach:Palmyra Island Atoll-Cooper Airport (PLPA),
Unfallbericht:
Lodestar N163R was carrying seven Amateur Radio operators to the Palmyra Island atoll in the Pacific. While approaching the airstrip the pilot estimated a cross wind gusting to 15 knots. However, below tree level the wind was calm. The Lodestar swerved off the runway and collided with trees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - improper compensation for wind conditions
FACTOR:
weather - wind shear

Informationsquelle:
» NTSB File 3-0344


Fotos

photo of Lockheed-18-Learstar-I-N163R
accident date: 05-01-1980
type: Lockheed 18 Learstar I
registration: N163R
 

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Honolulu International Airport, HI to Palmyra Island Atoll-Cooper Airport as the crow flies is 1763 km (1102 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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