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Status: Final
Date: 23 SEP 1962
Time: 22:00 UTC
Type: Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation
Operator: Flying Tiger Line
Registration: N6923C
C/n / msn: 4827
Year built: 1958
Total airframe hrs: 15800
Engines: 4 Wright 988TCL8
Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 8
Passengers: Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 68
Total: Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 76
Airplane damage: Written off
Location: 800 km (500 mls) W off Shannon, Ireland (Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route
Nature: Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Gander Airport, NF (YQX)
Destination airport: Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
Flightnumber: 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: "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."


Result - Emergency, forced landing - Ditching

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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