4 fatal crashes for Flying Tigers in 1962

The Flying Tiger Line lost four airplanes to crashes with fatalities in 1962. All  four were Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellations. A total of 141 lives were lost on board the four aircraft and three lives were lost of people on the ground.

The information comes from the database of the Aviation Safety Network (www.aviation-safety.net), which is a service of the Flight Safety Foundation (www.flightsafety.org). Only crashes with fatalities are recorded.

In fairness, the Flying Tigers had no fatal crashes during the two years leading up to unlucky 1962 (1960 and 1961). There were none in 1963 and one in 1964 on December 24. That crash also involved a Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation.

Here is a summary of the 1962 events: (Note: All were Flying Tiger Line Lockheed L-1049H models. Take note of the registration number of the aircraft involved.)

15 March 1962 – Registration number: N6911C

Total airframe hours: 16,038
Location: Adak Island, Alaska
Departure Airport: Cold Bay, Alaska
Destination Airport: Adak Island, Alaska
Fatalities: 1 out of 7 occupants
Nature: Military Air Transport Service (MATS charter
Flight Number: 7816

16 March 1962 – Registration number: N6921C

Total airframe hours: 17,224
Location: Adak Island
Departure Airport: Guam- Agana
Destination Airport: Angeles City, Clark AB, Philippines
Fatalities: 107 out of 107 occupants
Nature: Military Air Transport Service (MATS charter)
Flight Number: 739

23 September 1962 – Registration number: N6923C

Total airframe hours: 15,800
Location: Atlantic Ocean, 500 miles west of Shannon, IE
Departure Airport: Gander, Newfoundland
Destination Airport: Frankfurt International Airport, Germany
Fatalities: 28 out of 76 occupants
Nature: Military Air Transport Service (MATS charter)
Flight Number: 923

14 December 1962 – Registration number: N6913C

Total airframe hours: 20,269
Location: 1.3 miles W of Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, Burbank, CA
Departure Chicago-O’Hare International, Chicago, IL
Destination Airport: Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, Burbank, CA
Fatalities: 5 out of 5 occupants and 3 on the ground
Nature: Cargo
Flight Number: 183

The data has not been measured against the total number of flights that year and total number of passengers and crew the Flying Tigers carried that year.  1962 may have been an exceptionally busy year. It certainly was an unlucky one.

Some speculate as to the possible common thread between the disasters (beyond official hearings and reports). The most common speculation is a reduction of maintenance due to pressure to get planes in the air, especially with regard to moving troops.

Super Constellation #N6923C - Photo by Ragnor Domstad, June 1961, on the tarmac of Gothenburg (Sweden) Torslanda airport.

Super Constellation #N6923C – Photo by Ragnor Domstad, June 1961, on the tarmac of Gothenburg (Sweden) Torslanda airport.

The Aviation Safety Network reports that our aircraft, Flight 923, #N6923C,  had its first flight in 1958. It was equipped with 4 Wright R-3350-988-TC18-EA6 engines and had a total of 15,800 air frame hours.

For details of these crashes click: http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19620923-0 

 

About Fred Caruso

Survivor of the crash of Flying Tiger 923. at night, at sea, 500 miles off the west coast of Ireland, with 28 deaths and 48 survivors, September 23, 1962.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to 4 fatal crashes for Flying Tigers in 1962

  1. Carol Gould Hansen says:

    Thanks Fred, hope everything is good with you so that you can continue to send this information.

    Carol

  2. James L. Clark says:

    Fred / Carol : After more than 50 years since flying as a navigator with FTL my memories of flying on two of the four A/C that were lost in 1962 came flooding back all spured by hearing Carol recount her experiences at last year’s FTLPA convention.
    During 1962 I had over 160 hours in 923 and 913 over Mid and North Pacific routes. The loss of 913 was also the night of the loss of a good friend, Karl Rader, with whom I had spent time with hunting and fishing in Cold Bay during our stay overs.
    In 1964 I changed careers, obtained my pilot’s license and have since flown over 8,000 hours in the left seat.
    The six years flying for the Marine Corps and FTL provided me a great background within which to continue to use flying to further my business career. More importantly I had the pleasure of meeting and flying with my childhood hero’s of the Flying Tigers like Dick Rossi, Gil Bright, Ed Rector and Bob Neale.
    Safe journeys to you,
    Jim Clark

  3. Pingback: Other Readers Have Experienced Flying Tiger #923 | Flying Tiger 923

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s