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Fecha:jueves 24 septiembre 1959
Hora:ca 17:20
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54B-1-DC (DC-4)
Operador:Reeve Aleutian Airways
Registración: N63396
Numéro de série: 10486
Año de Construcción: 1944
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 5 / Ocupantes: 5
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 11 / Ocupantes: 11
Total:Fatalidades: 16 / Ocupantes: 16
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Great Sitkin Island, AK (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Cold Bay Airport, AK (CDB/PACD), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Adak Naval Air Facility, AK (ADK/PADK), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo: 3
The DC-4 was some 300 miles northeast of Adak when the crew reported flying 4500 feet on top in the clear. The flight was then cleared to the Adak range to maintain VFR on top and to call Adak approach control some 30 minutes before landing. At 17:15 AST the crew advised the company that it was cancelling IFR and proceeding VFR. This was the last radio contact with the flight. The DC-4 was found to have crashed on Sitkin Island at an elevation of 2100 feet (640 m).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's failure to maintain flight in accordance with visual flight rules during a descent over hazardous terrain."

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 62-AN/57 (182-184)


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Distance from Cold Bay Airport, AK to Adak Naval Air Facility, AK as the crow flies is 982 km (614 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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