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Last updated: 7 October 2015
Datum:vrijdag 23 februari 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-277
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:American Airlines
Registratie: NC18142
Constructienummer: 2138
Bouwjaar: 1939
Aantal vlieguren:17296
Motoren: 2 Wright R-1820-G102
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 15 / inzittenden: 19
Totaal:slachtoffers: 17 / inzittenden: 22
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:9 km (5.6 mijl) SW of RuraláRetreat, VA (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:?
Vluchtnummer: 9
American Airlines Flight 3 en route from New York to Los Angeles departed at 21:39 on February 22, 1945. Departure from Washington had been at 00:11 on February 23. The last radio message from the flight was at 02:05 at 4,000 feet over Pulaski, Virginia. The DC-3 continued, passing through rain and clouds and encountering considerable turbulence. The airplane flew over mountainous terrain and struck the wooded summit of Glade Mountain at approx 3910 feet amsl.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to properly plan the flight and remain at a safe instrument altitude under existing conditions. A contributing cause of the accident was the company's laxity in dispatching and supervising the flight."

» CAB File No. 875-45


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Douglas DC-3

  • 1518e ongeval
  • ca 13.000 built
  • 57e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 294e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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 Verenigde Staten
  • 17e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 209e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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