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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 24 September 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-049 Constellation
Operator:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC88831
C/n / msn: 2031
First flight: 1946
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 36
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Shannon Airport (SNN) (   Ireland)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America
Destination airport:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Ireland
Narrative:
The Constellation, named "Clipper Caribbean", landed at Shannon. As the captain called for 'flaps up' the co-pilot inadvertently raised the landing gear. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair as a result.

Sources:
» Piston Engine Airliner Production List / A.B. Eastwood, J. Roach, 1996
» Ellensburg Daily Record - Sep 24, 1946


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Distance from New York-La Guardia Airport, NY to Shannon Airport as the crow flies is 4909 km (3068 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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