Accident Douglas DC-4 N88839, Thursday 18 April 1957
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Date:Thursday 18 April 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-4
Owner/operator:Capital Airlines
Registration: N88839
MSN: 3060
Year of manufacture:1942
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 55
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Pittsburgh International Airport, PA (PIT) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Buffalo Municipal Airport, NY (BUF/KBUF)
Destination airport:Pittsburgh International Airport, PA (PIT/KPIT)
The DC-4 was on a simulated ILS approach to Pittsburgh when the co-pilot established visual reference with the runway. The approach was continued visually, but the rate of descent was excessive. The captain applied power, but before recovery was complete, the right main gear struck the embankment short of the runway. Full power was applied and a go-around carried out. Severe buffeting and a no. 3 engine fire were experienced as the DC-4 circled for another approach. The landing was carried out safely, but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair


Eugene Register-Guard - Apr 19, 1957


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