Crash of a Lockheed C-60A-5-LO LodeStar in Waikanae: 15 killed

Date & Time: Mar 18, 1949 at 0940 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-AKX
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Whenuapai – Paraparaumu
MSN:
2382
YOM:
1943
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
15
Circumstances:
The descent to Paraparaumu was started in marginal weather conditions. On approach, at an altitude of 2,000 feet, the twin engine aircraft christened 'Keruru' hit tree tops and crashed on the wooded slope of a mountain located in Waikanae, about 11 km from the airport. The wreckage was reached by rescuers two hours later. The aircraft was destroyed and all 15 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The accident was caused by a faulty navigation on part of the crew who continued the approach at an insufficient altitude. Low visibility due to low clouds was considered as a contributory factor.

Crash of a Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress near Yaoundé: 5 killed

Date & Time: Mar 11, 1949
Operator:
Registration:
F-BEEB
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Douala – Entebbe
MSN:
8642
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
En route, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with turbulences. The aircraft went out of control, dove into the ground and crashed in an open field. All five crew members were killed. It was reported that the pilot may have lost the control of the aircraft when the cargo shifted while flying in severe turbulences.

Crash of a Douglas C-54E-5-DO Skymaster in Heroldishausen: 1 killed

Date & Time: Mar 4, 1949 at 1659 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
44-9086
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Wiesbaden – Berlin
MSN:
27312
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
En route from Wiesbaden-Erbenheim to Berlin-Tempelhof, taking part to the Berlin Airlift, an engine caught fire. The captain ordered his crew and both passengers to bail out. After these four people evacuated the cabin, he reduced his altitude in an attempt to make an emergency landing in a field. Unfortunately, the aircraft crashed in flames in a field located in Heroldishausen, northwest of Bad Langensalza. The aircraft was destroyed and the captain was killed. The four other occupants were uninjured.
Probable cause:
It was determined that an hydraulic line failed in flight, causing the fluid to flow into the engine and to catch fire while contacting high temperature parts of the engine.

Crash of a Boeing B-29-90-BW Superfortress near Clark AFB: 9 killed

Date & Time: Mar 1, 1949
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
45-21705
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Clark - Clark
MSN:
13599
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
The crew was returning to his base in Clark AFB after taking part to a refueling mission of the B-50 christened Lucky Lady II and registered 46-010 and engaged in a world tour. On the return trip, the crew encountered poor weather conditions when control was lost. The aircraft crashed 58 miles from Clark AFB and was destroyed. All nine crew members were killed.

Crash of a Fairchild C-82A-25-FA Packet in Pará

Date & Time: Mar 1, 1949
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
44-23035
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
10079
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route, the crew encountered poor weather conditions and was eventually forced to abandon the aircraft following a fuel starvation. All occupants bailed out and were rescued while the aircraft dove into the ground and crashed in an isolated area located in the State of Pará.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I in Uffington: 1 killed

Date & Time: Mar 1, 1949
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NK380
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot was sole on board this Anson registered NK380 and was completing a combined exercice with a second Avro Anson registered EG251 and carrying one pilot as well. Both crew were involved in an ATC school exercice. In flight, the pilot of the first Avro (EG251) started a turn when it collided with the second aircraft. Both airplanes went out of control, dove into the ground and crashed in Uffington, Berkshire. Both aircraft were destroyed and both pilots were killed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the pilot of EG251 started a turn without knowing the exact position of the second aircraft that he collided with.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I in Uffington: 1 killed

Date & Time: Mar 1, 1949
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EG251
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot was sole on board this Anson registered EG251 and was completing a combined exercice with a second Avro Anson registered NK380 and carrying one pilot as well. Both crew were involved in an ATC school exercice. In flight, the pilot of the first Avro started a turn when it collided with the second aircraft. Both airplanes went out of control, dove into the ground and crashed in Uffington, Berkshire. Both aircraft were destroyed and both pilots were killed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the pilot of EG251 started a turn without knowing the exact position of the second aircraft that he collided with.

Crash of a Noorduyn Norseman in Nghĩa Lộ

Date & Time: Feb 27, 1949
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
F-BECH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
268
YOM:
1943
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing following an unexpected situation. The single engine aircraft crash landed in a field located in Nghĩa Lộ, about 32 km northwest of Hanoi. There were no casualties but the aircraft was destroyed by fire.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson T.21 in Exhall: 4 killed

Date & Time: Feb 19, 1949 at 0945 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VV243
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Middleton St George - Mepal
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
While cruising in VFR mode over the region of Coventry at an altitude of 4,500 feet, the Anson collided with a BEA C-47 registered G-AHCW and carrying four crew members and six passengers from Northolt to Glasgow. Following the collision, both aircraft went out of control, dove into the ground and crashed in Exhall, north of Coventry. All 14 occupants in both aircraft were killed.
Probable cause:
The accident was the result of a midair collision. Since neither aircraft took any apparent avoiding action it must be concluded that the pilot of the Anson did not see the Dakota and that the pilots of the Dakota did not see the Anson. This must be attributed to failure on the part of the captain of each aircraft to ensure the maintenance of an effective lookout.