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Last updated: 30 July 2021
Date:Thursday 17 November 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Peninsular Air Transport
Registration: N88852
MSN: 3123
First flight: 1942
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-11
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 70
Total:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 74
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) S of Seattle-Boeing Field, WA (BFI) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Seattle-Boeing Field International Airport, WA (BFI/KBFI), United States of America
Destination airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Flightnumber: 17K
Crashed in a residential area following takeoff from runway 13.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE : "The excessively high drag resulting from the improperly indexed propeller blades and inability to feather. These conditions were the result o a series of maintenance errors and omissions."

» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (204-209)
» Youngstown Vindicator - Nov 18, 1955


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Distance from Seattle-Boeing Field International Airport, WA to Newark International Airport, NJ as the crow flies is 3826 km (2391 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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Douglas DC-4

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  • 192nd loss
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