Accident
Last updated: 31 October 2014
Status:Definitief
Datum:donderdag 12 juli 1945
Tijd:14:36
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-201C
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Eastern Air Lines
Registratie: NC25647
Constructienummer: 2235
Bouwjaar: 1940
Aantal vlieguren:21154
Motoren: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 20
Totaal:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 24
Botsingsslachtoffers:slachtoffers: 2
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:19 km (11.9 mijl) WNW of Florence, SC (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Columbia Metropolitan Airport, SC (CAE/KCAE), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 45
Beschrijving:
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."

Bronnen:
» CAB File No. 2773-45


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Kaart
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 Washington-National Airport, DC en Columbia Metropolitan Airport, SC bedraagt 653 km (408 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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