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Accident
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Donnerstag 6 Januar 1949
Zeit:ca 07:20
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3A)
Fluggesellschaft:Coastal Cargo
Kennzeichen: NC53210
Werknummer: 13777
Baujahr: 1944
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-43-90D
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Brandywine, MD (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Frachtflug
Flug von:Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU/KRDU), USA
Flug nach:Boston Commonwealth Airport, MA (BOS/KBOS), USA
Unfallbericht:
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:

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."

Informationsquelle:
» 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).

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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