Unfallbericht:Shortly after lifting off the runway, the pilot saw a C-47 coming straight at him. The C-47 was towing a glider, which released immediately after the glider pilot saw the planes were on collision course. Both pilots of the C-47 and C-53 took evasive action. The C-53 pulled hard left. He was unable to maintain control and the plane stalled. It entered a spin, crashed and caught fire.
|Datum:||20 SEP 1943|
|Fluggesellschaft:||United States Army Air Force - USAAF|
|Triebwerk:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 21 / Insassen: 21|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 25 / Insassen: 25 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||Laurinburg-Maxton AAB, NC (MXE) (USA)
|Flugphase:|| Start (TOF)|
|Flug von:||Laurinburg-Maxton AAB, NC (MXE/KMEB), USA|
|Flug nach:||Louisville-Godman AFB, KY, USA|
» 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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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.