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Last updated: 16 September 2021
Datum:Dienstag 13 Januar 1970
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-45-DK (DC-3D)
Fluggesellschaft:Polynesian Airlines
Kennzeichen: 5W-FAC
Werknummer: 34224/16964
Baujahr: 1945
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 29 / Insassen: 29
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 32 / Insassen: 32
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:vom Land entfernt von Apia-Faleolo Airport (APW) (   West-Samoa)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Internationaler außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Apia-Faleolo Airport (APW/NSFA), West-Samoa
Flug nach:Pago Pago International Airport (PPG/NSTU),
Flugnummer: 208B
About one minute after takeoff the aircraft encountered windshear and possible precipitation turbulence, causing the nose to pitch up. The aircraft stalled and crashed into the sea; an explosion followed.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: Unrecoverable stall due to shifting of winds.


photo of Douglas-C-47B-5W-FAC
accident date: 13-01-1970
type: Douglas C-47B (DC-3)
registration: 5W-FAC

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 Apia-Faleolo Airport to Pago Pago International Airport as the crow flies is 150 km (94 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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