Accident
Last updated: 27 November 2014
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Samstag 28 Dezember 1946
Zeit:09:19
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-50A-DO (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:American Airlines
Kennzeichen: NC15577
Werknummer: 4805
Baujahr: 1941
Betriebsstunden:11920
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-G102
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 18
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 21
Sachschaden: Zerstört
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
Flugnummer:2207
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.

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."

Informationsquelle:
» CAB File No. 5566-46


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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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