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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 29 June 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54G-10-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Pacific Air Express
Registration: N300JT
MSN: 36072
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:55517
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6 km (3.8 mls) from Kahului, HI (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Hilo International Airport, HI (ITO/PHTO), United States of America
Destination airport:Kahului Airport, HI (OGG/PHOG), United States of America
After intercepting the glide slope at 3000 feet (the aircraft was flying VFR, but the crew used the ILS as a reference), the pilot called for 2250rpm and gear extension. While descending through 2000 feet he noticed the aircraft slowing down and descending below the glide slope. Power was increased, but the engines didn't respond.
At 800 feet over the Outer Marker, all 4 engines failed simultaneously. The DC-4 freighter belly landed in a cane field, 6120 feet short of the runway, and 5820 feet right of the extended centreline.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Carburettor icing.

All engine powerloss
Forced landing outside airport

» Location of Commercial Aircraft Accidents/Incidents Relative to Runways / FAA, Office of Safety Oversight (DOT/FAA/AOV 90-1)
» NTSB Id. LAX 83FA310


photo of Douglas-C-54G-N404AD
accident date: 29-06-1983
type: Douglas C-54G (DC-4)
registration: N404AD
photo of Douglas-C-54G-N12191
accident date: 29-06-1983
type: Douglas C-54G (DC-4)
registration: N12191

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 Hilo International Airport, HI to Kahului Airport, HI as the crow flies is 194 km (121 miles).

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