Date & Time: Aug 23, 1964
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed C-121 Super Constellation
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Aircraft flight hours:
Upon initial penetration of a storm eye (Hurricane Cleo) , the port wing tip fuel tank and portion of wing were torn away by extreme updraft turbulence. While trying to exit the storm, the starboard tip tank and larger portion of wing were torn away by extreme down draft turbulence. An emergency landing was made at NAS Roosevelt Roads located in Ceiba. All 23 occupants evacuated safely while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
In-flight structural failure caused by severe turbulences.