ASN Aircraft accident Consolidated C-87 Liberator Express 41-23903 Canton Island Airport (CIS)
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Date:Sunday 7 February 1943
Time:21:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated C-87 Liberator Express
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-23903
MSN: 698
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Canton Island Airport (CIS) (   Kiribati)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Canton Island Airport (CIS/PCIS), Kiribati
Narrative:
The C-87 rolled and dived into the water while turning on final approach to Canton Island. The flight was being operated by United Airlines under contract to the Army Air Transport Command.
It was deemed possible that an asymmetric flap deployment caused the accident.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Under the Southern Cross / Bob Livingstone


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Consolidated C-87

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