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Last updated: 21 June 2018
Datum:donderdag 16 mei 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Viking Air Transport
Registratie: NC53218
Constructienummer: 19626
Bouwjaar: 1944
Aantal vlieguren:1180
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 25 / inzittenden: 25
Totaal:slachtoffers: 27 / inzittenden: 27
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:10 km (6.3 mijl) S of Richmond-Byrd Field, VA (RIC) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Richmond International Airport (Byrd Field), VA (RIC/KRIC), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), Verenigde Staten
The DC-3 landed at Richmond-Byrd Field (RIC) with indications of engine problems. The crew however, decided to continue to Atlanta immediately because of worsening weather conditions. Engine trouble after takeoff forced the crew to return to Byrd Field. The aircraft was not properly lined up on the first attempt to land and maneuvered for another attempt. One of the engines ran rough and was shut down. The aircraft lost control, stalled and crashed. It appeared that the pilot had shut down the wrong, no. 2, engine when a crack had developed in the no. 6 cylinder of the no. 1 engine.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The inability of the pilot to maintain adequate control of the aircraft to effect an emergency single-engine instrument approach under adverse weather conditions. Contributing factors were: The decision of the pilot to continue the flight into weather conditions when the considered unsafe; the negligence of the pilot in failing to have an inspection of the aircraft engines made prior to departure from Richmond, the action of the pilot in shutting down the wrong engine when experiencing excessive vibration from a power plant; and the pilot's neglect in failing to retract the landing gear during an emergency go-around."

» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 43)
» CAB File No. 634-46


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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 Richmond International Airport (Byrd Field), VA en Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA bedraagt 768 km (480 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2331e ongeval
  • 694e dodelijk ongeval
  • 13e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 81e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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