Date & Time: Apr 30, 1945 at 1026 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed C-60 LodeStar
Oklahoma City – Kelly
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 03, while in initial climb at a height of 30 feet, the right engine lost power. In the mean time, undercarriage was retracted. The speed decreased, the aircraft banked left and eventually crashed in a field located half a mile from the airport. Five passengers were killed while nine other occupants were injured. The aircraft was destroyed.
The reason of the loss of power on the right engine was not properly determined. However, this occurred at a critical stage of the flight, just after rotation. As the crew was unable to feather the propeller, this increased drag, reduced speed and caused the aircraft to stall.