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Last updated: 26 January 2022
Date:Thursday 8 August 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 57
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 67
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Hilo-General Lynham Field, HI (ITO) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA (SUU/KSUU), United States of America
Destination airport:Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK), United States of America
En route over the Pacific Ocean the no. 1 propeller oversped. The assembly overheated until the prop broke loose, striking the no. 2 propeller. With both engines out the airplane descended. Bags of mail and baggage of the occupants were jettisoned from the airplane in order to lose weight. The airplane continued at a very low altitude over sea, diverting to Hilo, HI, were it arrived after almost six hours.

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA to Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI as the crow flies is 3890 km (2431 miles).

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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