Airplane Crash - Stephenville, Newfoundland 10/03/1946

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Stephenville, Newfoundland


Date10/03/1946
Time03:30
LocationStephenville, Newfoundland
OperatorAmerican Overseas Airlines
RouteGander - Shannon
TypeDouglas C-54E-5-DO
RegistrationNC90904
Cn/In27290
Aboard39
Fatalities39
Ground0
SummaryTook off from Gander and flew in a straight line into a mountain ridge 71 miles from the airport. The aircraft was named 'Flagship New England.' It can be concluded that the captain was not alert to the procedure necessary for a safe climb from the runway. The action of the pilot in maintaining the direction of take-off toward higher terrain over which adequate clearance could not be gained.

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