Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 6 January 1949
Time:ca 07:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3A)
Operator:Coastal Cargo
Registration: NC53210
C/n / msn: 13777
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-43-90D
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Brandywine, MD (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU/KRDU), United States of America
Destination airport:Boston Commonwealth Airport, MA (BOS/KBOS), United States of America
Narrative:
The DC-3 lost control in icing conditions and entered a left spin. The crew managed to regain partial control before entering another left spin. The aircraft then crashed in in a diving left turn. It appeared the pilot probably lost control due to icing. Severe air loads encountered during the spin or attempted recovery caused the failure of both horizontal stabilizer and elevators.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the loss of control of the aircraft which resulted from an icing condition, turbulence, and lack of alertness on the part of the crew. As a result, the aircraft spun, and during the spins, or attempted recovery from the spins, severe airloads were encountered which failed the left horizontal stabilizer and the elevators."

Classification:
Icing
Tail failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» CAB File No: 1-0034


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Distance from Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC to Boston Commonwealth Airport, MA as the crow flies is 978 km (611 miles).

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