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Last updated: 24 September 2018
Datum:Montag 20 September 1943
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53D Skytrooper (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Kennzeichen: 42-68729
Werknummer: 11656
Baujahr: 1932
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 21 / Insassen: 21
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 25 / Insassen: 25
Sachschaden: Zerstört
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
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.

» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)


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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 348th loss
  • 116th Fataler Unfall
  • 3rd worst accident (Zu diesem Zeitpunkt)
  • 113th worst accident (Momentan)
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