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Accident
Last updated: 11 December 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Mittwoch 26 Februar 1941
Zeit:23:50
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DST-318A (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:Eastern Air Lines
Kennzeichen: NC28394
Werknummer: 3250
Baujahr: 1940
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 13
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 16
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:N of Jonesboro, GA (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Washington-Hoover Field, DC, USA
Flug nach:Atlanta-Candler Field, GA (ATL/KATL), USA
Flugnummer:Trip 21
Unfallbericht:
Crashed into a hill in pine woods while trying to make an instrument landing approach in rain and fog due to altimeter misread. The aircraft found next day at 6:30 CT. Passenger Edward Vernon "Eddy" Rickenbacker (50) survived. Congressman William D. Byron (45) died.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the captain in charge of the flight to exercise the proper degree of care by not checking his altimeters to determine whether both were correctly set and properly functioning before commencing his landing approach. A substantial contributing factor was the absence of an established uniform cockpit procedure on Eastern Air Lines by which both the captain and the pilot are required to make a complete check of the controls and instruments during landing operations."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 107 days (4 months)
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report


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Distance from Washington-Hoover Field, DC to Atlanta-Candler Field, GA as the crow flies is 874 km (546 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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