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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Fecha:domingo 23 septiembre 1962
Hora:22:00 UTC
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation
Operador:Flying Tiger Line
Registración: N6923C
Numéro de série: 4827
Año de Construcción: 1958
Horas Totales de la Célula:15800
Motores: 4 Wright R-3350 (988TC18EA6)
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 5 / Ocupantes: 8
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 23 / Ocupantes: 68
Total:Fatalidades: 28 / Ocupantes: 76
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:800 km (500 milles) W de la costa de Shannon, Ireland (   Océano Atlántico)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional No Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Gander Airport, NL (YQX/CYQX), Canadá
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Alemania
Número de Vuelo: 923
The Super Constellation departed Gander at 17:09 GMT for a military (MATS) charter flight to Frankfurt. Three hours later, at FL210 a fire developed in the no. 3 engine, which was shut down and the propeller feathered. The no. 1 engine oversped 5 minutes later when the flight engineer closed the no. 1 engine firewall shut-off valve in error. The crew were not able to restart the engine, and wanted to divert to Shannon with METO power on the no. 4 engine and reduced power on engine no. 2. The no. 2 engine lost power and finally failed, forcing the crew to carry out a ditching. The left wing broke off, but the fuselage remained intact. The cabin filled with water fast and the aircraft sank nose first in about 10 minutes.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of two of the aircraft's four engines, and improper action of the flight engineer which disabled a third engine thereby necessitating a ditching at sea."

» Ditch or crash-land?/B.W. Townshend, 1965 (36-46)
» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (60-66)


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Distance from Gander Airport, NL to Frankfurt International Airport as the crow flies is 4390 km (2744 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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