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Last updated: 26 June 2017
Datum:maandag 25 december 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-5-DL (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registratie: 42-23360
Constructienummer: 9222
Bouwjaar: 1943
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 8 / inzittenden: 23
Totaal:slachtoffers: 12 / inzittenden: 27
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:5 km (3.1 mijl) SW of Harrisburg, PA (HAR) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Dayton-Wright Patterson AAF, OH (FFO/KFFO), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Minneapolis-Wold-Chamberlain Field, MN (MSP/KMSP), Verenigde Staten
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.

» 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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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Dayton-Wright Patterson AAF, OH en Minneapolis-Wold-Chamberlain Field, MN bedraagt 933 km (583 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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