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Last updated: 24 September 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:vendredi 16 mars 1962
Heure:ca 01:30
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation
Compagnie:Flying Tiger Line
Immatriculation: N6921C
Numéro de série: 4817
Année de Fabrication: 1957
Heures de vol:17224
Moteurs: 4 Wright R-3350 (988TC18EA3)
Equipage:victimes: 11 / à bord: 11
Passagers:victimes: 96 / à bord: 96
Total:victimes: 107 / à bord: 107
Dégats de l'appareil: Disparu
Conséquences: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Lieu de l'accident:between Guam and Angeles City (   Océan Pacifique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Charter International
Aéroport de départ:Guam-Agana NAS (NGM), Guam
Aéroport de destination:Angeles City-Clark Air Base (CRK/RPMK), Philippines
Numéro de vol: 739
Flying Tiger Line Flight 7815/13, operating as Military Air Transport Service (MATS) Charter flight 739/14, originated at Travis AFB with refueling stops at Honolulu, Wake Island, Guam, Clark AFB and was to terminate at Saigon. The flight arrived at Guam at 11:14 GMT with the only irregularities on the way being minor maintenance on the ignition systems of engines no. 1 and 3 at Honolulu, a 30 min delay at Honolulu because of stewardess complaints of inadequate rest facilities aboard, and minor maintenance at Wake Island (discrepancies in the no. 1 and 3 engine ignition systems). The flight departed Guam at 12:57 GMT for an IFR flight to Clark AFB, Philippine Islands with an ETA of 19:16 GMT.
The flight climbed to a cruising altitude of 18000 feet and reported being at position 13 40'N and 140 00'E at 14:22. The crew expected to reach position 14 00'N 135 00'E at 15:30. At 15:33 Guam IFSS was experiencing communication difficulties caused by heavy radio static and at 15:39 the operator attempted to contact N6921C to obtain its position report. No radio contact could be established.
Search and rescue operations were instituted at 19:43. It appeared that at 15:30 GMT (01:30 local time) the crew of the SS TL Lenzen supertanker had sighted a midair explosion from their position at 13 44'N and 134 49'E.
The subsequent search covered 144000 sq miles using 48 aircraft and 8 surface vessels, but nothing was found.

Probable Cause:

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

» CAB Aircraft Accident Report File No. 1-0002
» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (24-27)


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Guam-Agana NAS et Angeles City-Clark Air Base est de 2602 km (1626 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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