Accident
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:jeudi 12 juillet 1945
Heure:14:36
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-201C
Compagnie:Eastern Air Lines
Immatriculation: NC25647
Numéro de série: 2235
Année de Fabrication: 1940
Heures de vol:21154
Moteurs: 2 Wright R-1820-G-202A
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 1 / à bord: 20
Total:victimes: 1 / à bord: 24
Victime de la collision:victimes: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:19 km (11.9 milles) WNW of Florence, SC (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Washington (unknown airport), DC, Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Columbia (unknown airport), SC, Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol: 45
Détails:
Eastern Air Lines Flight 45 was in straight flight and letting down at approximately 200 feet per minute toward Columbia, SC. At the same time a US Army Douglas A-26C-35-DT Invader plane (44-35553) was on a training flight in the area. The Army plane had just returned to straight level flight after having been banked 15 degree or 20 degree to the left in a turn of about two miles radius for more than one minute when both aircraft collided. Impact occurred at an altitude of approximately 3100 ft.
Initial impact was with the vertical fin of the A-26 against the leading edge of the DC-3's left wing at a point slightly in from the landing light. The fin progressed along this loading edge until it struck the left engine nacelle, tearing loose that engine. This engine then moved to the right sufficiently to allow its still rotating propeller to strike and cut into the fuselage of the DC-3 at a point just behind the baggage compartment door. The top 4-5 feet of the A-26's fin and rudder were broken off and parts of these also struck the DC-3 fuselage. The A-26 crashed out of control and the pilot of the DC-3 was able to carry out an emergency belly landing on a field.


PROBABLE CAUSE: " The lack of vigilance on the part of the pilots of both aircraft resulting in the failure of each pilot to see the other aircraft in time to avoid collision."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 2773-45


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