Airplane Crash - Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal 08/09/1954

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal


Date08/09/1954
Time00:08
LocationTerceira Island, Azores, Portugal
OperatorAVIANCA
RouteLajes, Azores - Bermuda
TypeLockheed 749A-79 Constellation
RegistrationHK-163
Cn/In2664
Aboard30
Fatalities30
Ground0
SummaryCrashed into mountains after poor weather diverted the flight from Santa Maria. Flew opposite to prescribed course after takeoff. Crew error. The failure of the pilot to carry out the normal climb out procedure following takeoff on a flight to Bermuda and his having made a turn to the left instead of to the right, thus flying into the mountains instead of turning out to sea.

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