Date: January 19, 1952
Time: 01:38
Location: Off Sandspit, BC, Canada
Operator: Northwest Orient Airlines
Flight #: 324
Route: Tokyo - Elmendorf AFB
AC Type: Douglas DC-4
Registration: N45342
cn / ln: 27279
Aboard: 43   (passengers:40  crew:3)
Fatalities: 36   (passengers:33  crew:3)
Ground: 0
Summary: The crew chose to divert to Sandpit after the No. 1 engine was shut down. The aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean one mile offshore after overshooting the runway during the emergency landing. A nose gear retraction difficulty in connection with an icing condition or a power loss, which made the aircraft incapable of maintaining flight. Most of the fatalities were from exposure to the frigid water.

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