Airplane Crash - Off Sandspit, Bc, Canada 01/19/1952

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Off Sandspit, BC, Canada


Date01/19/1952
Time01:38
LocationOff Sandspit, BC, Canada
OperatorNorthwest Orient Airlines
Flight #324
RouteTokyo - Elmendorf AFB
TypeDouglas DC-4
RegistrationN45342
Cn/In27279
Aboard43
Fatalities36
Ground0
SummaryThe crew chose to divert to Sandpit after the No. 1 engine was shut down. The aircraft crashed into the PacifiOcean one mile offshore after overshooting the runway during the emergency landing. A nose gear retraction difficulty in connection with an icing condition or a power loss, which made the aircraft incapable of maintaining flight. Most of the fatalities were from exposure to the frigid water.

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