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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 26 September 1945
Time:13:17
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-49J (DC-3-454)
Operator:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Registration: NC19939
C/n / msn: 4992
First flight: 1942
Total airframe hrs:8000
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) SW Chicago-Municipal Airport, IL (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Chicago Municipal Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), United States of America
Destination airport:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC/KMKC), United States of America
Flightnumber: 47
Narrative:
TWA Flight 47 departed Chicago at 13:12. The DC-3 had just reached it's assigned 2000 feet altitude when it collided with a Boeing A75N1 training aircraft (NC51445). The upper right wing of the Boeing was destroyed by the right wing of the airliner and the Boeing fell almost vertically to the ground. Both occupants were killed. Despite extensive damage to the leading edge of its right wing the DC-3 was landed at the Chicago Municipal Airport without further damage and without injury to either occupant.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Upon the basis of the foregoing thy Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was lack of vigilance on the part of the pilots of both aircraft. Reduced horizontal visibility may have been a contributing factor."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 3283-45


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Distance from Chicago Municipal Airport, IL to Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO as the crow flies is 645 km (403 miles).

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