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Accident description
Last updated: 27 August 2016
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Date:Monday 27 September 1943
Time:07:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-18566
C/n / msn: 4691
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:18 km (11.3 mls) SW of Fort Benning-Lawson AAF, GA (LSF) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fort Benning-Lawson AAF, GA (LSF/KLSF), United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Benning-Lawson AAF, GA (LSF/KLSF), United States of America
Narrative:
While at an altitude of 5000 feet, the no. 1 propeller assembly failed and separated. The vibration caused the entire engine to shake itself free. After separation of the engine, structure of the wing was weakened to such an extent that it also separated. The airplane went into a spin and broke up in flames.

Classification:
Prop/turbine blade separation
Loss of control

Sources:
» 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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