Airplane Crash - Off Oahu, Hawaii 12/23/1957

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Off Oahu, Hawaii


Date12/23/1957
Time16:00
LocationOff Oahu, Hawaii
OperatorMilitary - U.S. Navy
TypeLockheed WV-2
Registration143197
Aboard23
Fatalities19
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft lost all power during a simulated emergency maneuver and struck the water after descending from a altitude of 1,000 ft. One of the crew moved an emergency shut-off lever in the wrong direction depriving all four engines of their fuel supply. The plane hit the water and broke in two. It was ruled the check pilot had failed to initiate remedial action when the aircraft began to lose altitude and failed to exercise authority when the real emergency developed.

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