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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Datum:Mittwoch 10 Juli 1957
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
Fluggesellschaft:C. R. Vose Company
Kennzeichen: N45378
Werknummer: 18-2506
Baujahr: 1943
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-72
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 6
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:King Salmon Airport, AK (AKN) (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Flug von:King Salmon Airport, AK (AKN/PAKN), USA
Flug nach:Anchorage (unknown airport), AK, USA
At 06:38, following a period of engine rump on the parking ramp, the Lodestar pilot called the King Salmon tower for taxi and takeoff information. The duty controller cleared it to runway 11 and furnished the latest wind and altimeter conditions: Wind east-northeast 8; altimeter 29.90. N45378 was cleared directly onto runway 11 where several persons saw it pause one to two minutes and heard its propellers run through one or two times. The takeoff was started at 06:42 and the aircraft took off and climbed to between 75 and 100 feet. The landing gear remained extended during that climb. The climb continued normally although somewhat steeper to between 150 and 200 feet, at which time the climb of the aircraft steepened rapidly but smoothly until it was nearly vertical. At the peak of the climb the aircraft pivoted counterclockwise, plunged to the ground, and exploded. An intense fuel-fed fire followed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the pilots action in taking off with the elevator trim tab positioned for landing."

» CAB File No. 2-0030


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