Vliegtuigongeval op 20 APR 1945 met Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3) 41-18451 - Sweetwater, TX
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Datum:vrijdag 20 april 1945
Tijd:06:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registratie: 41-18451
Constructienummer: 4513
Bouwjaar: 1942
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 22 / inzittenden: 22
Totaal:slachtoffers: 25 / inzittenden: 25
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:6,5 km (4.1 mijl) SE of Sweetwater, TX (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Midland AAF, TX (MAF/KMAF), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN (BNA/KBNA), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
A Douglas C-47 transport aircraft was destroyed when it crashed during a personnel flight from Midland AAF, TX to Nashville, TN. All three crew members and 22 passengers were killed in the accident. Some fifty minutes into the flight the airplane encountered a line of powerful thunderstorms. The no. 2 propeller was apparently feathered and the pilot probably attempted to divert to Avenger Field, TX. The airplane was manoeuvring in IMC when elevators and horizontal stabilizers failed due to severe stresses on the airframe. The crew lost control and the C-47 spun to the ground.

Bronnen:
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
» 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 Midland AAF, TX en Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN bedraagt 1492 km (933 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 1806e ongeval
  • 577e dodelijk ongeval
  • 9e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 113e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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