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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 12 July 1953
Time:ca 20:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Operator:Transocean Air Lines
Registration: N90806
C/n / msn: 42901/153
First flight: 1949
Total airframe hrs:6235
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB16
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Total:Fatalities: 58 / Occupants: 58
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:550 km (343.8 mls) E of Wake Island (Pacific Ocean) (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Wake Island Airport (AWK/PAWK), U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
Destination airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL), United States of America
Flightnumber: 512
Narrative:
The aircraft, named "The Royal Hawaiian", struck the sea at high speed. Weather in the area at the time of the accident included cloud layers at FL150 and thunderstorm activity.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board is unable to determine the probable cause of this accident from the available evidence."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (95-96)


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Distance from Wake Island Airport to Honolulu International Airport, HI as the crow flies is 3673 km (2296 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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