Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 293

Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 293
Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 293
Occurrence summary
Date 3 June 1963
Type Undetermined
Site WSW of Annette Island, Alaska
Passengers 95
Crew 6
Injuries 0
Fatalities 101
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Douglas DC-7C
Operator Northwest Orient Airlines
Tail number N290
Flight origin McChord Air Force Base, Washington, United States
Destination Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, United States

Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 293 was an American military charter operated on the 3 June 1963 by a Northwest Orient Airlines Douglas DC-7C registered N290 which crashed into the sea off the coast of Canada with the loss of all 101 crew and passengers on board.[1]



Flight 293 was chartered by the Military Air Transport Service of the United States Air Force to carry 95 serviceman and their families between McChord Air Force Base in Washington state to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska.[1] The DC-7 departed McChord at 07:52 Pacific Standard Time.[1] The last radio contact was at 10:06 when the crew requested a change of flight level.[1] When nothing more had been heard for more than an hour a search for the aircraft was begun at 11:16.[1] It was not until 19:22 that floating debris was seen located 182.5 miles (293.7 km) WSW of Annette Island, Alaska.

Approximately 1,500 pounds of wreckage was recovered, it included life vests still encased in their plastic containers and extremely deformed seat frames.[2] None of the bodies of the crew or passengers was ever recovered.[2]


With little to go on the accident review board concluded Because of lack of evidence, the Board is unable to determine the probable cause of the accident.[3]

In the previous year, on 22 October 1962, another Northwest Orient DC-7 on the same route (and using the same flight designation) had ditched into the sea off Biorka, Alaska but all the passengers and crew were rescued.[4]



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