- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: April 11, 1952
Time: 12:20
Location: North of San Juan, Puerto Rico
Operator: Pan American World Airways
Flight #: 526A
Route: San Juan - New York City
AC Type: Douglas DC-4
Registration: N88899
cn / ln: 10503
Aboard: 69   (passengers:64  crew:5)
Fatalities: 52   (passengers:52  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: After taking off from Isle Grande Airport the crew had engine problems.The aircraft then crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. The ditching took place in turbulent seas. The tail broke off on impact and the aircraft stayed afloat for only 3 minutes and sank. The company's inadequate maintenance in not changing the No. 3 engine which resulted in its failure immediately subsequent to takeoff and the persistent action of the captain in attempting to re-establish a climb, without using all available power, following the critical loss of power to another engine. This resulted in a nose-high attitude, progressive loss of air speed and the settling of the aircraft at too low an altitude to effect recovery. The aircraft was named Clipper Endeavor.
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