Date & Time: Sep 18, 1946 at 0242 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Brussels – Shannon – Gander – New York
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Following an uneventful flight from Shannon, the crew started the descent to Gander Airport by night and in poor weather conditions. Most probably in a way to establish a visual contact with the ground, the captain reduced his altitude and passed below the minimum safe altitude when the aircraft hit trees and crashed in flames in a dense wooded area located 35 km from the airport. A crew member and 16 passengers were rescued while 27 other occupants were killed.
The pilot continued the approach at an insufficient altitude and thus failed to follow the published approach procedures.