Accident Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-26 N1032V, Saturday 26 March 1955
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Date:Saturday 26 March 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic b377 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-26
Owner/operator:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: N1032V
MSN: 15932/27
Year of manufacture:1949
Total airframe hrs:13655 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-4360-B6
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 23
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:56 km W off Oregon, USA -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Portland International Airport, OR (PDX/KPDX)
Destination airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The no. 3 engine and propeller tore loose from the wing, causing severe control difficulties. The aircraft was eventually ditched 35 miles off the Oregon coast. The Boeing, named "Clipper United States", sank after 20 minutes in water of about 1600 m deep.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of control and inability to maintain altitude following failure of the no.3 propeller which resulted in wrenching free no.3 power package."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Aviation Disasters / D. Gero
ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (92-96)


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