Accident description
Last updated: 1 November 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 3 January 1944
Time:00:29
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-DK Skytrain
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-92042
C/n / msn: 11799
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) NE of Macon, GA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Dunnellon AAB, FL, United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Benning-Lawson AAF, GA (LSF/KLSF), United States of America
Narrative:
Two C-47 transport planes took off from Dunnellon AAF at 17:15 on a routine transition flight. En route both planes lost sight of each other in instrument conditions. Due to poor weather, Lawson Field would close at 19:30. One of the C-47's landed at Lawson at 19:17. The other did not land and made sporadic radio contact with Atlanta. Last radio contact was at 21:50. The next day, the plane was found to have flown into a small ridge.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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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Distance from Dunnellon AAB, FL to Fort Benning-Lawson AAF, GA as the crow flies is 439 km (274 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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