Honolulu, HI Canadian Pacific Plane Crashes, July 1962
27 DIE IN FLAMING HAWAII PLANE CRASH.
DISABLED CRAFT RETURNS FOR LANDING, HITS MACHINERY.
Honolulu -- (AP) -- A Canadian Pacific airliner crashed and burned in an emergency landing at Honolulu International Airport last night, killing 27 persons. Thirteen escaped with minor injuries.
The Britannia turboprop crashed in a runway construction area. The impact scattered bulldozers and earth moving machines.
The exploding airliner was sliced in two by the massive construction machinery. The plane's front section was reduced to tangled steel and ashes.
All 13 survivors were in the tail section. Three stewardesses and the purser, all from Vancouver, B.C., were among them.
Twenty passengers and seven members of the crew lost their lives.
The liner, Empress of Lima, had left Honolulu only 41 minutes earlier for Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia. Minutes after takeoff the pilot radioed the Honolulu tower that he had feathered No. 1 engine and was heading back.
The big silver aircraft appeared to veer left just before touching down on what Federal Aviation Agency officials said was a "routine landing on three engines."
The leftward slipping plunged the aircraft into the runway construction equipment. The impact explosion spread flames and chunks of fuselage and engines over hundreds of yards.
The crash was the worst civilian air disaster in Honolulu history. Sixty-six died in March, 1955, when a Military Air Transport Service plane crashed in mountains near the airport.
The plane, Canadian Pacific's Flight 310, had originated in Vancouver Friday and was held over in Honolulu after arriving at 5:30 a.m. Hawaii time (10:30 a.m. EST) Saturday.
The 13 survivors in the tail section were thrown clear of burning wreckage when the tail section broke off.
Survivors were taken to Tripler Army Hospital. Civil Aeronautics Board investigators will question them later today.
Two pilots, two first officers, a second officer, and two navigators apparently died instantly in the pilot's section.
Oakland Tribune California 1962-07-23