Date & Time: Jun 15, 1954 at 0320 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas C-54 Skymaster
Great Lakes Airlines (1950)
Landing (descent or approach)
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
New York –Chicago – Kansas City – Burbank
United States of America
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While cruising by night at an altitude of 5,500 feet in good weather conditions, the engine number three caught fire. The crew feathered the propeller and received the permission to divert to Gage municipal Airport for an emergency landing. Following a normal landing, the right main gear collapsed. The aircraft veered off runway and came to rest in flames. All 82 occupants were able to evacuate safely while the aircraft was totally destroyed by fire.
The Board determined that the probable cause of this accident was a bearing failure of the No. 3 engine generator causing extreme frictional heat and the release of inflammable fluid which ignited in flight.