Narrative:Twelve C-47 aircraft were involved in a paratroop drop mission out of Pope Field. The C-47 in question was number eight for takeoff. The airplane swerved left and right during the takeoff roll, presumably due to an unlocked tail wheel. It went off the runway but the pilot managed to get airborne. It stalled at a height of 150 feet and fell off to the left. The right wing struck trees. The airplane then cartwheeled into terrain and caught fire.
|Date:||Thursday 11 May 1944|
|Operator:||United States Army Air Force - USAAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 9728|
|First flight:|| 1943|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 11 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Fayetteville-Pope AAF, NC (POB) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
|Departure airport:||Fayetteville-Pope AAF, NC (POB/KPOB), United States of America|
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles
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.