Airplane Crash - Over The Pacifiocean 10/16/1956

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Over the PacifiOcean


Date10/16/1956
Time06:15
LocationOver the PacifiOcean
OperatorPan American World Airways
Flight #943
RouteHonolulu - San Francisco
TypeBoeing 377 Stratocruiser
RegistrationN90943
Cn/In15959
Aboard31
Fatalities0
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft ditched into the PacifiOcean while on a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu after losing the No. 1 and then the No. 4 engine. The aircraft circled around the U.S. Coast Guard cutter 'Pontchartrain', at Ocean Station November until daybreak after which it made a successful ditching with no casualties. Probable Cause: An initial mechanical failure which precluded feathering the No.1 propeller and a subsequent mechanical failure which resulted in a complete loss of power from the No.4 engine, the effects of which necessitated a ditching. The aircraft was named 'Clipper Sovereign of the Sky.'

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