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Last updated: 23 October 2017
Datum:woensdag 28 juli 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-178
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:American Airlines
Registratie: NC16014
Constructienummer: 1552
Bouwjaar: 1936
Aantal vlieguren:17991
Motoren: 2 Wright R-1820-G102
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 16 / inzittenden: 18
Totaal:slachtoffers: 20 / inzittenden: 22
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:1,6 km (1 mijl) W of Trammel, KY (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Louisville-Bowman Field, KY (LOU/KLOU), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN (BNA/KBNA), Verenigde Staten
Flight 63 originated at and left Cleveland about 17:42.The flight was cleared to Memphis with intermediate stops scheduled at Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville and Nashville. The DC-3, named "Flagship Ohio", arrived at Louisville at 21:42. It was refueled and cleared to take off at 21:54 to fly at 2500 feet to Smiths Grove, Kentucky at 2500 feet and continue to Nashville at 2000 feet with estimated time of arrival at Nashville of 22:54. Near Smiths Grove, in an area with rolling terrain, varying in altitude from 695 to 720 feet above sea level, the plane descended until it contacted trees. The airplane continued through another small clump of trees, then across an open field and stopped in an upright position among several larger trees, about 1000 feet beyond the point of first impact.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of control of the aircraft due to unusually severe turbulence and violent downdraft caused by a thunderstorm of unknown and unpredictable intensity."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 269 days (9 months)
Accident number: File No. 3525-43
Download report: Final report

» CAB File No. 3525-43


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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 Louisville-Bowman Field, KY en Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN bedraagt 249 km (156 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 284e ongeval
  • 90e dodelijk ongeval
  • 7e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 223e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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