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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 18 May 1935
Time:18:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor
Operator:Knowles Flying Service
Registration: NC7864
C/n / msn: 4-AT-49
First flight: 1928-10-26 (6 years 7 months)
Engines: 3 Wright J-5 Whirlwind
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Flint-Bishop Airport, MI (FNT) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Flint-Bishop Airport, MI (FNT/KFNT), United States of America
Destination airport:Flint-Bishop Airport, MI (FNT/KFNT), United States of America
Narrative:
A Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor, NC7864, crash-landed at Flint-Bishop Airport, MI (FNT), killing one passenger and a pilot. The other pilot and eight passengers survived the accident.
The airplane was used throughout the day for local flights during dedication celebrations of Flint-Bishop Airport. It apparently ran out of fuel causing two of the three engines to lose power immediately after takeoff. The airplane crash-landed and nosed over.

Classification:
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» The Ford Tri-Motor 1926-1992 / William T. Larkins
» St. Petersburg Times - May 19, 1935


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