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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 54573
Last updated: 11 October 2021
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Type:Goodyear-Zeppelin U.S.S. Macon
Owner/operator:U.S. Navy
Registration: ZRS-5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 76
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Point Sur, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Ran into a storm off Point Sur, California. During the storm, she was caught in a wind shear which caused structural failure of the unstrengthened ring (17.5) to which the upper tailfin was attached. The fin failed to the side and carried away. Pieces of structure punctured the rear gas cells and caused gas leakage. Acting rapidly and on fragmentary information an immediate and massive discharge of ballast was ordered. Control was lost and, tail heavy and with engines running full speed ahead, the Macon rose past the pressure height and kept going until enough helium was vented to cancel the lift. It took her 20 minutes to descend from 4,850 ft and, settling gently into the sea, Macon sank off the California coast.


Revision history:

22-Dec-2008 11:28 harro Added

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