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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 14 January 1936
Time:19:32
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-2-120
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: NC14274
C/n / msn: 1307
First flight: 1934
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Goodwin, AR (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Destination airport:Little Rock National Airport, AR (LIT/KLIT), United States of America
Flightnumber:Trip 1
Narrative:
The DC-2 crashed into swampland near Goodwin, AR. The three crew (Capt Marshall, co-pilot Greenland, stewardess Casparini) and the 14 passengers died. The aircraft broke up in the accident.

The aircraft operated Trip 1, a service from Newark, NJ to Fort Worth, TX. En route stops were planned at Camden, NJ, Washington, DC, Nashville, TN, Memphis, TN, Little Rock, AR and Dallas, TX.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: "Based on the knowledge or information in possession of this agency, it is the opinion of the Bureau of Air Commerce that, although flying at a low altitude may have contributed to the cause of this accident, the probable cause or causes thereof cannot be determined."

Sources:
» CAB Report


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Distance from Memphis Municipal Airport, TN to Little Rock National Airport, AR as the crow flies is 207 km (129 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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