Airplane Crash - Pacifiocean, 325 Miles East Of Wake Island 07/12/1953

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - PacifiOcean, 325 miles east of Wake Island


Date07/12/1953
Time08:41
LocationPacifiOcean, 325 miles east of Wake Island
OperatorTransocean Air Lines
Flight #512
RouteWake Island - Honolulu - Oakland
TypeDouglas DC-6A
RegistrationN90806
Cn/In42901/153
Aboard58
Fatalities58
Ground0
SummaryLost at sea while en route from Wake Island to Honolulu, Hawaii, approximately 325 miles east of Wake Island. Cause not determined, but there was thunderstorms and turbulence in the area. Fourteen bodies and all life rafts were recovered. The plywood panel from the navigator's table was recovered with the words 'falling in' written on it. There is some speculation that a bomb caused the accident. The aircraft was named 'The Royal Hawaiian.'

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