Accident description
Last updated: 19 April 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 15 October 1943
Time:23:17
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-178
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: NC16008
C/n / msn: 1588
First flight: 1936
Total airframe hrs:17774
Engines: 2 Wright G-102
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Centerville, TN (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN (BNA/KBNA), United States of America
Destination airport:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Flightnumber: 63
Narrative:
Flight 63 originated at Cleveland at 17:56, 17 minutes later than the scheduled departure. Intermediate stops were made at Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, and at Louisville. Accumulated delay at the time of departure from Nashville amounted to one hour and 38 minutes. The DC-3, named "Flagship Missouri", climbed to 6000 feet and the pilot reported cruising at this level at 22:59. At 23:06 the flight called Nashville and requested permission to climb to 8000 feet, which was approved. However altitude was lost until the DC-3 descended into the thickly wooded southern slope of a hill which rose to a height of about 75 feet.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inability of the aircraft to gain or maintain altitude due to carburetor ice or propeller ice or wing ice of some combination of these icing conditions while over terrain and in weather unsuitable for an emergency landing. CONTRIBUTING FACTOR: Weather conditions which, had their nature been anticipated, should have precluded the dispatch of the flight in an aircraft no equipped with wind or propeller deicing equipment."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 4889-43


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Distance from Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN to Memphis Municipal Airport, TN as the crow flies is 319 km (200 miles).

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