Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives
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Crash of a Douglas DC-4-1009 in Osaka

Accident description

  • Sep 30, 1957
  • JA6011
  • Takeoff (climb)
  • Scheduled Revenue Flight
  • Yes
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • 42982
  • 1946
  • Osaka-Itami, Kansai
  • Japan
  • Asia
  • 5
  • 0
  • 52
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • After takeoff, while climbing to a height of 300 feet, the crew informed ATC that the engine number one exploded and received the permission to return for a safe landing. After completing a circuit, the captain realized it was not possible to reach the airport so he decided to attempt an emergency landing in a paddy field. The aircraft belly landed and slid for dozen yards before coming to rest in flames. All 57 occupants were able to evacuate the cabin before the aircraft would be totally destroyed by fire.
  • Failure and explosion of the engine number one shortly after takeoff.