Accident
Last updated: 28 July 2014
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) show on map
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 departed Patterson Field at 22:21 on December 24, 1944. It was cleared to fly at 12.000 feet to its destination Minneapolis.
En route the plane encountered substantial headwinds of 54 mph. The pilot decided to return to Patterson Field at 23:18. Weather had deteriorated and the pilot was not able to land. He continued to Harrisburg, the alternate. Harrisburg reported a 2500 ft ceiling and good visibility. However, weather deteriorated at Harrisburg as well. After five unsuccessful attempts to land, the pilot reported he was low on fuel. The airplane manoeuvred around the airfield until it flew into 900 foot Reesers Summit. It broke up and a fire erupted.


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 supposé 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).

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