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Accident
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Definitief
Datum:zaterdag 31 augustus 1940
Tijd:14:41
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-313
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Pennsylvania-Central Airlines
Registratie: NC21789
Constructienummer: 2188
Bouwjaar: 1940
Aantal vlieguren:565
Motoren: 2 Wright R-1820-G102A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 21 / inzittenden: 21
Totaal:slachtoffers: 25 / inzittenden: 25
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:nabij Lovettsville, VA (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Washington-Hoover Field, DC, Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Pittsburgh (unknown airport), PA, Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 19
Beschrijving:
A Douglas DC-3 passenger plane, operating Pennsylvania-Central Airlines Trip 19, was destroyed when it crashed near Lovettsville, VA, USA. All 25 occupants were killed. One of the passengers killed was Senator Ernest Lundeen (62, Minnesota).
Trip 19 was a scheduled service from x to y with several intermediate stops. The airplane took off from Washington-Hoover Field, DC at 14:21. Twenty minutes after departure the airplane flew into dark storm clouds near Short Hill Mountain. A lightning discharge occurred near the airplane, after which it descended out of control. It struck the ground on the edge of an alfalfa field in a nose-down attitude.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Upon the basis of the foregoing findings of probable fact and the entire record in this investigation, we find that the probable cause of the accident to aircraft NC 21789, which occurred at Lovettsville, Virginia, on August 31, 1940, was the disabling of the pilots by a severe lightning discharge in the immediate neighborhood of the plane, with resulting loes of control."

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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 16e ongeval
  • 10e dodelijk ongeval
  • The zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 112e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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