Crash of a Vickers 632 Viking 1B in Marve Beach

Date & Time: Apr 7, 1949
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VT-CIZ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Mumbai – Karachi
MSN:
202
YOM:
1947
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
22
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Bombay-Santa Cruz, the crew encountered technical problems and elected to return. As the situation deteriorated rapidly, the captain decided to attempt an emergency landing in Marve Beach, about 13 km northwest of Bombay Airport. The aircraft belly landed on a beach, slid for several yards and came to rest. While all 25 occupants escaped uninjured, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Unknown technical issue.

Crash of a North American B-25J Mitchell in Cajamarca: 5 killed

Date & Time: Apr 3, 1949
Operator:
Registration:
657
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in Cajamarca while performing a flight from Madrid AFB. All five crew members were killed.

Crash of a Beechcraft D18S in London: 5 killed

Date & Time: Mar 31, 1949 at 1030 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NC90511
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Midland - Boston
MSN:
A-376
YOM:
1947
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Midland Airport, Michigan, at 0910LT bound for Boston, carrying four passengers and two pilots. A little more than an hour into the flight, after passing over London, Ontario, the crew encountered difficulties and contacted London Airport and declared an emergency situation. The crew decided to divert to London Airport and reduced his altitude. While flying in poor weather conditions, the airplane passed just over a house (12 feet high) then crashed in flames in an open field. A passenger was able to evacuate the cabin and was slightly injured while five other occupants were killed. The aircraft was destroyed. The main passenger, Willard Dow, President of the Dow Chemical Company, was enroute to Boston to take part to a conference given by Winston Churchill. It appears that the regular crew refused to perform the flight due to extreme poor weather conditions (stormy weather approaching from the east). Thus, Mr. Dow asked a second crew to complete the flight.
Crew:
A. J. Bowie, pilot, †
Fred Clements, copilot. †
Passengers:
Willard Dow, †
Martha Dow, †
Calvin Campbell,
Mrs. Campbell. †
Probable cause:
It was determined that the loss of control was the consequence of an excessive accumulation of ice on the wings and the fuselage.

Crash of a Fairchild C-82A Packet in Nunavut

Date & Time: Mar 24, 1949
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
45-57798
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
10168
YOM:
1945
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft suffered a fuel exhaustion and the crew was forced to make an emergency landing on the ice, about 511 km northwest of Resolute Bay, Nunavut. All seven crew members were rescued while the aircraft was abandoned on site.

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.