Vliegtuigongeval op 09 JUN 1946 met Douglas C-54D-15-DC (DC-4) 43-17231 - Taboga Island
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:zondag 9 juni 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-15-DC (DC-4)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registratie: 43-17231
Constructienummer: 22181
Bouwjaar: 1945
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 6 / inzittenden: 6
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 17 / inzittenden: 17
Totaal:slachtoffers: 23 / inzittenden: 23
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Taboga Island (   Panama)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:West Palm Beach-Morrison Field, FL (PBI/KPBI), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Panama City-Albrook AFB, Panama
A Douglas C-54D aircraft was destroyed when it crashed on Taboga Island, Panama, killing all 23 on board.
The aircraft operated a flight from West Palm Beach, Florida, to Panama City. The pilot had filed an IFR flight plan although he did not posses a valid instrument rating.
Weather at Taboga Island was reported as a ceiling of approximately 750 feet above sea-level, with a visibility of 15 miles. The top 250 feet of Taboga was covered with cloud and visibility was 1/16 mile with light drizzle. While descending towards the destination airport, the airplane struck a mountain slope on Taboga Island.

Probable Cause:

It is the opinion of the members of the Investigating Board that the pilot sighted Otoque Island and mistook it for Taboga and that he was in the vicinity of Otoque Island when he gave his estimated position of 15 miles southeast of the field. It is further believed that when the pilot called the tower and gave his estimated position as 5 miles south offield and at 1000 feet on instruments that he thought he was past Taboga Island, approaching Albrook Field, and that by dropping down a little he would be contact again.
Actually the estimated distance of 10 miles traveled would place him over Taboga from Otoque.

» The Canal Zone Philatelist (Vol. 35, No.4, 1999)


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen West Palm Beach-Morrison Field, FL en Panama City-Albrook AFB bedraagt 1958 km (1224 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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