Airplane Crash - North Of San Juan, Puerto Rico 04/11/1952

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - North of San Juan, Puerto Rico


Date04/11/1952
Time12:20
LocationNorth of San Juan, Puerto Rico
OperatorPan American World Airways
Flight #526A
RouteSan Juan - New York City
TypeDouglas DC-4
RegistrationN88899
Cn/In10503
Aboard69
Fatalities52
Ground0
SummaryAfter taking off from Isle Grande Airport the crew had engine problems.The aircraft then crashed into the AtlantiOcean. The ditching took place in turbulent seas. The tail broke off on impact and the aircraft stayed afloat for only 3 minutes and sank. The company's inadequate maintenance in not changing the No. 3 engine which resulted in its failure immediately subsequent to takeoff and the persistent action of the captain in attempting to re-establish a climb, without using all available power, following the critical loss of power to another engine. This resulted in a nose-high attitude, progressive loss of air speed and the settling of the aircraft at too low an altitude to effect recovery. The aircraft was named Clipper Endeavor.

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