Loss of control Accident Douglas DC-6 PI-C294, Thursday 14 January 1954
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Date:Thursday 14 January 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-6
Owner/operator:Philippine Air Lines
Registration: PI-C294
MSN: 42902/150
Year of manufacture:1949
Fatalities:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:6 km E of Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA) -   Italy
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Beirut Airport (BEY/OLBA)
Destination airport:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA)
The PAL DC-6 was en route from Manila to London. After an enroute stop at Beirut, the plane continued IFR to Rome. Approaching Rome at 6500 feet the pilot lost control of the plane. The airplane crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Some unforseen fact to which the aircraft was subjected, as a result of which, being no longer under control, it went into a steep dive, probably on account of wing drop in the clouds, and crashed to the ground after an uncompleted pull-out. The Committee, although unable to affirm that wing drop could have been caused by atmospheric conditions, wishes to point out that there was pronounced turbulence in the area."


L'Unitá 15-1-1954


  • 37th worst accident in 1954
  • 42nd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 12th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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