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Last updated: 25 September 2017
Statuts:
Date:lundi 25 décembre 1944
Heure:04:27
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-5-DL (DC-3)
Compagnie:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Immatriculation: 42-23360
Numéro de série: 9222
Année de Fabrication: 1943
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Equipage:victimes: 4 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 8 / à bord: 23
Total:victimes: 12 / à bord: 27
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:5 km (3.1 milles) SW of Harrisburg, PA (HAR) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Nature:Militaire
Aéroport de départ:Dayton-Wright Patterson AAF, OH (FFO/KFFO), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Minneapolis-Wold-Chamberlain Field, MN (MSP/KMSP), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
A Douglas C-47 transport plane was destroyed when it flew into the side of a hill. All four crew members and eight of the 23 passengers were killed in the accident.
The flight had left Patterson Field, OH at 22:21 on a flight to Minneapolis. Serious headwinds forced the crew to descend to a lower altitude than the 12.000 feet they had been cleared for. Then the airplane began to pick up ice. The crew decided to return to Patterson at 23:18. Weather at Patterson had deteriorated and the pilot was given an alternate of Harrisburg, PA. Weather at Harrisburg also deteriorated but the flight was cleared for a runway 12 straight in approach. After nine unsuccessful attempts to land the airplane was low on fuel. Ceiling continued to lower and the crew manoeuvred around the airport until the airplane struck 900-foot Reeser's Summit at an elevation of 700 feet.

Sources:
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Dayton-Wright Patterson AAF, OH et Minneapolis-Wold-Chamberlain Field, MN est de 933 km (583 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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