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Accident
Last updated: 30 July 2016
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Datum:zondag 31 januari 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53 Skytrooper (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registratie: 42-15537
Constructienummer: 7332
Bouwjaar: 1942
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Totaal:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 6
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:10 km (6.3 mijl) NW of Castaic, CA  (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Van Nuys Army Air Field, CA (VNY/KVNY), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Victorville Army Air Field, CA (VCV/KVCV), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
The Douglas C-53 Skytrooper departed Van Nuys on a flight to Victorville. The aircraft was towing a Waco CG-4A glider (42-46327) with two crew on board.
After passing the San Fernando Valley both aircraft entered clouds and started picking up ice. Severe turbulence complicated the flight. Then suddenly the tail section separated from the fuselage and the C-53 crashed. The three passengers were ejected and deployed their parachutes. The crew died in the crash.
The glider pilots saw the tow rope going down and immediately released the rope. Unable to continue flight due to severe icing, both pilots bailed out of their CG-4A.


Bronnen:
» Historic Aircraft Wrecks of Los Angeles County / G. Pat Macha
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)


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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Van Nuys Army Air Field, CA en Victorville Army Air Field, CA bedraagt 110 km (69 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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