Crash of a Grumman G-73 Mallard in Osaka: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 18, 1964
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
JA5067
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
J-40
YOM:
1948
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Osaka-Itami Airport, the crew encountered engine problems. The seaplane stalled and crashed in a rice paddy field. Two occupants were killed while eight others were injured.
Probable cause:
Engine problems after takeoff.

Crash of a Grumman G-73 Mallard in Kemano: 5 killed

Date & Time: Aug 3, 1955
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CF-IOA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Kemano – Kitimat
MSN:
J-39
YOM:
1948
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Few minutes after its takeoff from Kemano, while cruising at an altitude of 5,000 feet, the seaplane hit the slope of a mountain. The wreckage was found few hours later and all five occupants were killed.

Crash of a Grumman G-73 Mallard in London

Date & Time: Jan 14, 1955
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CF-GEU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
J-33
YOM:
1947
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from London Airport, the crew reported severe icing conditions. The captain elected to make an emergency landing and the aircraft crash landed in Crumlin, near the airfield. There were no casualties but the aircraft was written off.

Crash of a Grumman G-73 Mallard near Shreveport: 12 killed

Date & Time: Jan 10, 1954 at 1750 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N4949N
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lower Mud Lake - Shreveport
MSN:
J-16
YOM:
1947
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Captain / Total flying hours:
6852
Captain / Total hours on type:
1114.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
3144
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1020
Aircraft flight hours:
1730
Circumstances:
This flight was for the purpose of transporting 10 men from a private duck hunting camp at Lower Mud Lake, Louisiana, near the mouth of the Mermentau River, to Shreveport, Louisiana, about 190 miles north-northwest. There were ten in the hunting party; the other four and baggage for all 14 were flown to Shreveport in another company airplane from the Lake Charles, Louisiana Airport some 30 miles from Lower Mud Lake. At the time of takeoff, weather over the route was overcast with the base of clouds at 800 or 900 feet, and tops sloping from about 2,500 feet at Lower Mud Lake to 7,000 feet at Shreveport. The 1628 weather at Lake Charles Airport, 160 miles from Shreveport, and on course, was: measured ceiling 900 feet, overcast; visibility 10 miles; temperature 47 degrees; dew point 44; wind northeast 17; altimeter 29.92. The gross weight at takeoff was approximately the prescribed maximum of 12,750 pounds; the C. G. was located within prescribed limits. The pilot was W. C. Huddleston, the copilot L. R. Schexnaydre. Takeoff was made at about 1635 from Lower Mud Lake. The aircraft first reported at 1704 to the CAA Alexandria radio station, giving its position as on top (of clouds) over DeRidder, Louisiana, approximately 76 miles from the point of departure and on course. At this time the pilot requested and received Shreveport weather: measured ceiling 600 feet, variable, overcast; visibility 2 miles: drizzle, fog; temperature 36; dew point 34; wind west-northwest 17; altimeter 30.02; ceiling variable 400 to 800 feet. Alexandria radio also advised that it was very possible the drizzle would turn into freezing drizzle because of low temperature in the Shreveport area. The pilot acknowledged and said that he was going to fly on top to Elmgrove, a fan marker about 16 miles southeast of Shreveport, then file an instrument let-down to Shreveport. He then reported that he was in the clear and cloud tops were at 4,500 to 5,000 feet. At 1719 the flight reported to Shreveport Approach Control as being 30 miles southwest of Natchitoches, Louisiana, about 70 miles from Shreveport, altitude 5,500 feet, 500 on top, inbound to Shreveport, and asked for an Instrument Flight Rules clearance for approach. The flight was then issued a 500-feet-on-top clearance to Shreveport Instrument Landing System outer marker, and the pilot replied that he was estimating the outer marker at 1750. At approximately 1729 Approach Control again checked with Fort Worth Air Route Traffic Control to ascertain if any traffic in the vicinity would prevent descent from 500 feet on top to 2,000 feet, with a new clearance to Forbing, Louisiana, a range intersection about 10 miles southwest of the Shreveport Airport. ARTC advised that if the aircraft was above 5,000 feet to start it down immediately. Approach Control then asked the pilot has altitude; he replied that he was now at 6,000 feet, more than 500 feet on top. Approach Control then cleared him to descend to 2,000 feet, maintaining 2,000 feet to Forbing, with no delay expected, to report leaving the 6,000-foot altitude and when passing 5,000 feet, and to start descent immediately. The flight was then advised of reported icing at 4,000 feet and above and given the 1704 Shreveport weather: 300 feet scattered, measured 600 variable, overcast, 2 miles visibility, light snow and fog. This was acknowledged. The flight left 6,000 feet at 1730 and 5,000 feet at 1732 reporting temperatures of 40 degrees F. and 32 degrees F., respectively. At 1745 the flight advised that it was at 2,000 feet and had picked up a "load" of ice. It was cleared to 1,500 feet, the minimum safe altitude, at which time the pilot said he was on the back course of the localiser. The flight was then requested to report when passing the localiser upon winch Approach Control would bring it in. The pilot requested the ground temperature, which was given as 34 degrees F. The next contact advised being at 1,200 feet which was all he "could hold." At 1747 the flight was cleared for an approach and was asked for an arrival estimate at the outer marker. At 1749, the last radio contact with the flight, it reported being contact below the clouds with Wallace Lake in sight and "going in." No emergency, as such, was declared. Several persons near the crash site heard the engines and then saw the aircraft just below the overcast some 400 to 500 feet above the ground. It descended steeply, banking sharply from side to side several times with very loud but normal engine noise. It passed from view beyond trees; almost immediately a crash was heard and a glare seen.
Probable cause:
The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the rapid accumulation of wing ice to such a degree that the aircraft could not maintain altitude. A contributing factor was the pilot's failure to acquaint himself with the pertinent weather forecasts. The following findings were reported:
- The aircraft did not have wing or windshield deicing equipment,
- The US Weather Bureau area forecast for the time and place of the accident included occasional severe icing,
- The pilot did not obtain sufficient weather information to conduct this flight safely,
- The aircraft quickly acquired so much ice that it could no longer maintain altitude.
Final Report:

Crash of a Grumman G-73 Mallard in Saint-John

Date & Time: Dec 4, 1951
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CF-GPA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
MSN:
J-1
YOM:
1946
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames. The occupant fate remains unknown but the aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.
Probable cause:
Loss of control after rotation caused by the explosion of an engine.

Crash of a Grumman G-73 Mallard in Columbus: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 30, 1950
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N74044
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
J-46
YOM:
1949
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Crashed on takeoff at Columbus Southwest Airfield. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire and the pilot died from burns. All three passengers were injured. Owned by John W. Galbreath, President of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the aircraft was carrying Joe Williams, New York sports columnist, Lester Scott, Director of the New York Knickerbockers of the National Basketball Association and Paul Jonas, Manager of the sports department of Mutual Broadcasting system. The aircraft was host to these three men at the Ohio State-Southern Methodist football game.

Crash of a Grumman G-73 Mallard in Charlotte: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 24, 1950
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N2941
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
J-3
YOM:
1946
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Charlotte-Douglas Airport, while in initial climb, the seaplane stalled and crashed in flames. A crew member was killed.

Crash of a Grumman G-73 Mallard in London: 6 killed

Date & Time: Oct 28, 1949 at 0100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NC2956
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
J-15
YOM:
1947
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Aircraft flight hours:
1235
Circumstances:
After takeoff from London-Heathrow Airport, while climbing to a height of some 30-50 feet, the seaplane banked left to an angle of 40° and then lost height and hit the ground some 150 yards to the left of the runway. The aircraft continued for some 450 yards before coming to rest in flames. A crew member was seriously injured while six other occupants were killed.