Unfallbericht:DC-3 NC15577 departed Michigan at 07:48, about six minutes behind schedule on an instrument flight plan to cruise at 2,500 feet to Chicago. At 08:40 the flight was instructed by Chicago ARTCC to climb to 4,000 feet, which altitude it was supposed to stay at until 10 minutes past South Bend. At 09:18 the pilot reported: "Both engines going bad descending at 1,000 feet per minute looking for opening. Altitude is at present 900 feet." Chicago suggested to return to South Bend, but the DC-3 could not make it and crash-landed near Michigan City.
|Datum:||28 DEZ 1946|
|Flugzeugtyp:||Douglas C-50A-DO (DC-3)|
|Triebwerk:|| 2 Wright G-102|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 3|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 18|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 21 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||Michigan City, IN (USA)
|Flugphase:|| Während des Fluges (ENR)|
|Betriebsart:||Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug|
|Flug von:||Detroit (unknown airport), MI, USA|
|Flug nach:||Chicago (unknown airport), IL, USA|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accumulation of carburetor ice following the loss of power in both engines as a result of fuel starvation. The reason for fuel starvation could not be determined."
» CAB File No. 5566-46
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.