TWA Flight 277

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TWA Flight 277
Accident summary
Date June 20, 1944
Summary Spatial disorientation
Site Fort Mountain, Northeast Piscataquis, Piscataquis County, Maine, USA
Passengers 1
Crew 6
Fatalities 7 (all)
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Survivors 0
Aircraft type C-54 Skymaster
Operator Transcontinental and Western Airways
Registration 41-37227
Flight origin Stephenville, Newfoundland
Destination Washington D.C.

Transcontinental and Western Air Flight 277 was a C-54 Skymaster en route from Stephenville, Newfoundland (now Newfoundland and Labrador), to Washington D.C. on June 20, 1944. The aircraft crashed on Fort Mountain, in Maine's Baxter State Park. All seven on board died, including six civilian crewmembers and one United States Army Air Force passenger.

The flight was a scheduled contract flight for Air Transport Command. After taking off from Newfoundland, the aircraft encountered severe weather, including heavy rains, high winds, and lightning-induced radio static over New Brunswick and Maine which blew the aircraft 70 miles (110 km) off course. The pilot, Roger "Rolley" Inman, apparently did not realize that the aircraft, flying at less than 4,000 feet, had been blown into mountainous territory with peaks in excess of 5,000 feet. The aircraft's starboard wing struck a ridge of boulders at an elevation of 3,700 feet (1,100 m) on the mountain and the aircraft impacted the ground and was destroyed.


Coordinates: 45°57′35″N 68°58′5″W / 45.95972°N 68.96806°W / 45.95972; -68.96806