Crash of a Lockheed WC-121N Super Constellation at Roosevelt Roads NAS

Date & Time: Aug 23, 1964
Operator:
Registration:
137891
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
4378
YOM:
1956
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
19
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
4353
Circumstances:
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.
Probable cause:
In-flight structural failure caused by severe turbulences.

Crash of a Lisunov LI-2 in Pervoye Maya: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jan 17, 1961 at 0538 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-84694
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Stalingrad - Stalingrad
MSN:
184 231 06
YOM:
25
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Aircraft flight hours:
10617
Circumstances:
The crew departed Stalingrad-Gumrak Airport for a regional meteorological mission. While flying in marginal weather conditions at an altitude of 4,000 meters, the captain decided to climb to 5,200 meters and allowed the rest of the crew to execute non-compliant maneuvers. The aircraft went in stall conditions then entered a dive. The captain elected to regain control but the aircraft crashed in a huge explosion in a snow covered field located in Pervoye Maya, about 85 km northeast of Stalingrad-Gumrak Airport. The aircraft disintegrated in impact and all five crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
Due to insufficient experience, the captain decided to allow the crew to engage in a non-manageable situation that led the aircraft to stall and to crash.

Crash of an Ilyushin II-14T in Vockerode: 7 killed

Date & Time: Jul 22, 1960 at 0740 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
400
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Dessau - Dessau
MSN:
14 803 004
YOM:
1958
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a weather observation mission. After takeoff from Dessau Airport, instead of climbing and flying under IFR, the captain decided to continue under VFR mode below the clouds and in limited visibility. Ten minutes later, while cruising at an altitude of 500 feet, the airplane struck with its right wing the chimney of a metallurgical complexe and crashed in flames. All six crew members and one person on the ground were killed.

Crash of a Lockheed WV-3 Super Constellation into the Pacific Ocean

Date & Time: Sep 17, 1956 at 2200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
137893
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Andersen - Andersen
MSN:
4380
YOM:
1956
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
18
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
723
Circumstances:
The Lockheed WV-3 Super Constellation, BuNo 137893, took off from Guam at 06:00 in the morning of September 1956 on a weather recon mission with an 18 man crew. The flight was normal for the first 14 hours or so. On the return leg, when the flight was 200 miles from Guam, when it lost engine #1 due to oil starvation. The engine was shut down and the propeller feathered. The pilot reported his position to Guam central and the radioman sent the position to the VW3 squadron duty office where it was tracked. The flight continued toward Guam at an altitude of 1200 feet. With 100 miles to go #4 engine experienced complete loss of power and was shut down. The propeller was feathered. However, the propeller never went to full feather and windmilled. There was a violent swerve to the right. Shortly after this, engines #2 and #3 started to lose power. At 80 miles from Guam and losing altitude at 500 to 700 feet per minute the captain decided to ditch the aircraft while he still had lateral control and issued the "Prepare to Ditch" command. Navigator Wanbaugh gave an updated position report to the pilot and radioman for the "May-Day" transmissions. A ditching was carried out. All 18 occupants climbed into two life rafts, already deployed, and pushed off at around 22:00. At about 03:20 on September 18th, the life rafts were sighted by a P2V Neptune aircraft flying search and rescue. The occupants were rescued by Coast Guard Cutter Buttonwood.
Source:
https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19560917-1

Crash of a Boeing RB-50G-45-BO Superfortress into the Japan Sea: 16 killed

Date & Time: Sep 10, 1956
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
47-133
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Yokota - Yokota
MSN:
15817
YOM:
1947
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
16
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
16
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a weather mission for typhoon 'Emma' but failed to return to his base at Yokota AFB. The exact circumstances of the accident remains unknown and all 16 crew members have been killed.

Crash of a Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune into the Caribbean Sea: 11 killed

Date & Time: Sep 26, 1955
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
131442
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Guantánamo Bay - Guantánamo Bay
MSN:
426-5323
Flight number:
Snowcloud Five
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
The aircraft left Guantánamo Bay NAS in Cuba on a meteorological mission consisting of investigations of the hurricane 'Janet' that was classified in cat 4 and approaching Jamaica from the south. While penetrating the eye of the hurricane at an altitude of about 700 feet, the airplane went out of control and crashed into the sea, some 480 km southwest of the Jamaican coast. SAR operations were conducted but eventually suspended after few days as no trace of the aircraft nor the eleven occupants was found. There were nine crew members and two journalists on board.

Crash of a Lisunov LI-2 in the Arctic

Date & Time: May 26, 1955
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-N535
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bukhta Somnitelnaya - Bukhta Somnitelnaya
MSN:
184 346 02
YOM:
1959
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On a flight from Bukhta Somnitelnaya (Wrangel Island) to a drifting ice floe in the central Arctic Basin when the ski of the right main landing gear hit an ice hummock during the landing run and broke. The nose of the aircraft touched the ice and the fuselage broke into three when falling back onto the ice. All 6 crew and 4 passengers escaped unhurt and were evacuated by another aircraft. The wreck was set on fire and abandoned on the drifting ice floe. It was spotted by an aircraft of the Icelandic Coast Guard about 155 miles north-west of Iceland (approximately 10-20 miles off Scoresby Sound on Greenland's East Coast) 11DEC1959 but could no longer be found a few days later because of fog. It eventually sank.

Crash of a Lisunov LI-2 in Mys Zhelaniya

Date & Time: Apr 2, 1955
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-N497
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mys Zhelaniya - Dikson Island
MSN:
184 307 08
YOM:
1951
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On a flight from Mys Zhelaniya (Novaya Zemlya) to Dikson Island in support of the Arctic expedition 'Sever 7' when the crew was ordered to land on the ice near Mys Zhelaniya for training purposes. The skis of the landing gear broke through the ice during the landing run. All 7 crew and 3 passengers escaped unhurt but the aircraft could not be recovered in time and sank during a storm 06APR55.
Probable cause:
It was later reported that the ice thickness was about 30 cm at the time of the accident, which is insufficient.

Crash of a Lisunov LI-2 near Tsaghkachen: 6 killed

Date & Time: Jan 27, 1954 at 0717 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-L4105
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Yerevan - Yerevan
MSN:
184 65 07
YOM:
3
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Aircraft flight hours:
1930
Circumstances:
The crew left Yerevan Airport at 0513LT for a meteorological survey mission and completed several maneuvers between 3,500 and 5,000 meters in cloudy conditions over the region of the Sevan Lake. Following an uneventful mission, the crew decided to return to Yerevan and started the descent from the northeast when, at an altitude of 3,160 meters, the airplane hit the east slope of Mt Kara-Dag (3,231 meters high) located about 12 km west of the village of Tsaghkachen. Rescuers arrived on site a day later and all six occupants have been killed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the aircraft was, at the time of impact, off course about 18 km due to strong winds. Investigations reported that the crew failed to prepare the mission according to procedures and miscalculated the flight trajectory. Also, it was determined that the crew did not receive any information about the wind component prior to the flight and failed to use the ADF system properly, which was considered as contributory factor. While cruising in clouds, the pilots were unable to distinguish the mountain struck by the aircraft.

Crash of a Consolidated PB4Y-2S Privateer off Agrihan Island: 9 killed

Date & Time: Dec 17, 1953 at 0845 LT
Operator:
Registration:
59716
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Agana - Agana
MSN:
59716
YOM:
1943
Region:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
While flying at low altitude into the typhoon Doris, the aircraft (VW-3) crashed into the ocean in unclear circumstances off Agrihan Island. No trace of the aircraft nor the crew was found.