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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Date:Sunday 11 March 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R5D-1 (DC-4)
Operator:Pacific Overseas Airlines
Registration: HS-POS
C/n / msn: 10396
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Hong Kong Island (   Hong Kong)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong
Destination airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand
Narrative:
The crew attempted to fly a visual departure from Hong Kong in low cloud and poor visibility. The aircraft, named "City of Ayudhya", crashed into the hills of Hong Kong Island between Mt Butler and Mt Parker.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Thai Aviation History website


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Distance from Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport to Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport as the crow flies is 1702 km (1064 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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