Accident description
Last updated: 27 November 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 31 December 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Inter Continental Air Transport
Registration: NC88873
C/n / msn: 13640
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) NW of Charleston, SC (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Destination airport:Charleston Municipal Airport, SC (CHS/KCHS), United States of America
Narrative:
The DC-3 had overshot the first, instrument, approach to Charleston. The pilot then departed from his standard missed approach procedure to attempt an approach to another runway for which he had received clearance. He tried to remain visual while flying below a 500 feet ragged ceiling. Flying over dark, heavily wooded terrain, the left wing struck treetops. The aircraft lost control and crashed.

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 45)


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Distance from Newark International Airport, NJ to Charleston Municipal Airport, SC as the crow flies is 1005 km (628 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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