Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 27 July 1944
Time:ca 16:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-93038
C/n / msn: 12905
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Port Logan (   United Kingdom) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Filton Airport (FZO/EGTG), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Glasgow-Prestwick Airport (PIK/EGPK), United Kingdom
Narrative:
Two C-47A Dakotas were transporting wounded U.S. soldiers back home. Visibility was poor and Dakota 42-93038 was flying at low altitude so the following plane could keep it in sight. As the Dakota approached the Mull of Galloway, the pilot tried to gain altitude to clear the cliffs. The airplane did not make it and collided with a cliff rising to more than 400 ft (120 m) just below the crest.

Classification:
Low visibility
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher


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Distance from Filton Airport to Glasgow-Prestwick Airport as the crow flies is 459 km (287 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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Douglas DC-3

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