Unfallbericht:Departure from Seattle was delayed due to ground fog. De-icing attempts were partially successful as the plane was prepared for departure. Although visibility was below minima, clearance was given for takeoff. At 1800 feet into the takeoff roll the DC-3 became airborne. The left wing then struck the ground and dragged for 117 feet. The DC-3 landed back outside the runway and continued until striking a hangar, bursting into flames.
|Datum:||02 JAN 1949|
|Fluggesellschaft:||Seattle Air Charter|
|Triebwerk:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90D|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 11 / Insassen: 27|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 14 / Insassen: 30 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||Seattle-Boeing Field International Airport, WA (BFI) (USA)
|Flugphase:|| Start (TOF)|
|Betriebsart:||Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug|
|Flug von:||Seattle-Boeing Field International Airport, WA (BFI/KBFI), USA|
|Flug nach:||New Haven Airport, CT (HVN/KHVN), USA|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the attempt to take off in an airplane which had formations of ice and frost on the surfaces of the wings."
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 48)
» CAB File No. 1-0002Sample newspaper article from Newspaperarchive.com
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display the exact flight path.
Distance from Seattle-Boeing Field International Airport, WA to New Haven Airport, CT as the crow flies is 3891 km (2432 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.