Accident
Last updated: 26 November 2014
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 7 September 1945
Zeit:02:13
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-201G
Fluggesellschaft:Eastern Air Lines
Kennzeichen: NC33631
Werknummer: 4137
Baujahr: 1941
Betriebsstunden:17532
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 19 / Insassen: 19
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 22 / Insassen: 22
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:10 km (6.3 Meilen) ENE of Florence, SC (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Savannah International Airport, GA (SAV/KSAV), USA
Flug nach:Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU/KRDU), USA
Flugnummer: 42
Unfallbericht:
The aircraft had departed Savannah at 00:41 for a flight to Raleigh. Weather at Raleigh was below minima, so the crew were re-cleared for Washington. No acknowledgement of the message was received. At 02:05, a radio transmission from Flight 42 was intercepted in which it was indicated that the pilot intended to return to Florence and that he desired clearance to land at Florence Army Air Field. It was found out that a fire in the rear had forced the crew to divert. Because of the fire, the passengers moved to the front of the plane. The right elevator caught fire as well, rendering longitudinal control very difficult and probably made the collision with the first of the trees unavoidable. The aircraft crashed in a swampy, wooded area.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Fire of undetermined genesis in the rear cargo compartment or lavatory which resulted in the inability of the pilot to maintain altitude long enough to effect a landing."

Informationsquelle:
» CAB File No. 2970-45


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Distance from Savannah International Airport, GA to Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC as the crow flies is 470 km (293 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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