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Date:vendredi 9 juillet 1943
Heure:13:27
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54-DO (DC-4)
Compagnie:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Immatriculation: 41-37271
Numéro de série: 3057
Année de Fabrication: 1943
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Total:victimes: 3 / à bord: 5
Victime de la collision:victimes: 5
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de Dayton-Wright Patterson AFB, OH (FFO) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En cours de manoeuvre (MNV)
Nature:Militaire
Aéroport de départ:Dayton-Wright Patterson AFB, OH (FFO/KFFO), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Dayton-Wright Patterson AFB, OH (FFO/KFFO), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
Douglas C-54 41-37271 was scheduled to fly over Wright Field at 2000 feet altitude. A dummy combat tank equipped with parachutes was slung under the fuselage. The crew were planning to release the tank over the field. A twin engine USAAF Lockheed C-40A Electra plane (38-546, c/n 1263) was flying in formation so the occupants were able to photograph the tank dropping. After the tank was released, the C-40 made a quick turn to the left, striking the C-54 wing tip. It severed 19 feet of the C-54's wing.
The C-40 entered a spin and crashed near the runway. The C-54 continued for 500-750 feet, allowing two passengers to bail out with parachutes. The airplane then dropped off on the right wing and crashed in a vertical dive near Wright Brothers Hill.

Sources:
» 8 Die in air crash (Lima News, 1943-07-10)
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles


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