Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 15 September 1945
Time:00:08
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-45-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 45-1011
C/n / msn: 17014/34277
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) N of Kansas City-Fairfax Field, KS (KCK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kansas City-Fairfax Field, KS (KCK), United States of America
Destination airport:Denver-Lowry Field, CO, United States of America
Narrative:
After takeoff from Fairfax Field (KCK) runway 35, the C-47 barely climbed. Unable to gain height the airplane contacted trees and crashed on the north bank of the Missouri River.
The right engine was not developing enough power on takeoff, possibly because it had been fitted with plugs that were not recommended by the manufacturer.


Sources:
» 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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Distance from Kansas City-Fairfax Field, KS to Denver-Lowry Field, CO as the crow flies is 884 km (552 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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