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Crash of a Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer on Black Peak: 10 killed

Accident description

  • Jan 28, 1953
  • 59937
  • Flight
  • Training
  • No
  • Mountains
  • Alameda – Whidbey Island
  • 59937
  • 1943
  • Black Peak, Washington
  • USA
  • North America
  • 8
  • 8
  • 2
  • 2
  • 0
  • 10
  • While cruising at an altitude of 5,000 feet, the crew encountered poor weather conditions. In low visibility, the aircraft registered 59937 (VP-9) hit the slope of the Black Peak and disintegrated on impact. SAR operations were conducted but eventually suspended few days later as no trace of the aircraft nor the crew was found. The wreckage was spotted and localized in July 1953. All 10 occupants have been killed and the aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire. The airplane was on its way from NAS Alameda to NAS Whidbey Island, carrying two Navy Officers and a crew of eight.
    Lt Leland R. Stegemerten, pilot,
    Lt David Jarvis, copilot,
    Adc C. C. Longacre,
    At1 T. W. Huffman,
    Ao3 J. A. Kerrigan,
    Ao3 J. L. McDonnell,
    Ad3 H. L. Ziemba,
    Adan T. J. Whited.
    Cpt Julian David Greer,
    Lt O. C. Everhart.
  • Controlled flight into terrain.