Accident
Last updated: 20 April 2014
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Mittwoch 24 April 1946
Zeit:01:57
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A-367
Fluggesellschaft:Western Air Lines
Kennzeichen: NC33621
Werknummer: 3286
Baujahr: 1941
Betriebsstunden:13354
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:3 km (1.9 Meilen) NW of Hollywood, CA (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Test
Flug von:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), USA
Flug nach:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), USA
Unfallbericht:
The DC-3 departed Hollywood at night for a test flight following an engine change. After reporting an engine failure the pilot tried to return to the airport. In conditions of ground fog the aircraft approached too high. While maneuvering for another approach the DC-3 struck eucalyptus trees, crashed and burst into flames in the yard of 11723 Lorne Street, North Hollywood. Excessive oil accumulation in the no. 8 cylinder on the no. 1 engine forced the crew to shut it down.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The action of the pilot in descending to an excessively low altitude in an attempt to remain contact after encountering ground fog during an approach for an emergency landing. A contributing factor was failure of the left engine due to excessive oil accumulation in the No. 8 cylinder prior to starting the engine. A further contributing factor was the failure of maintenance personnel to take proper precaution for drainage of oil accumulation prior to starting the engine."

Informationsquelle:
» CAB File No. 872-46


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Distance from Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA to Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA as the crow flies is 0 km (0 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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