ASN Aircraft accident Douglas Dakota C.3 (DC-3) G-AHCW Exhall
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Date:Saturday 19 February 1949
Time:09:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota C.3 (DC-3)
Operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-AHCW
MSN: 13308
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Exhall (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London-Northolt Airport (NHT/EGWU), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Glasgow-Renfrew Airport, United Kingdom
Narrative:
The DC-3 was on a VFR flight from London-Northolt to Glasgow-Renfrew and departed London at 09:13. An RAF Avro Anson T.21 (VV243) had taken off from Middleton at 08:09 for a training flight.
Both aircraft collided in mid-air at 4500 feet. Both planes disintegrated and fell to the ground.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was the result of a midair collision. Since neither aircraft took any apparent avoiding action it must be concluded that the pilot of the Anson did not see the Dakota and that the pilots of the Dakota did not see the Anson. This must be attributed to failure on the part of the captain of each aircraft to ensure the maintenance of an effective lookout."

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Photos

photo of Douglas-Dakota-C-3-G-AHCW
accident date: 19-02-1949
type: Douglas Dakota C.3
registration: G-AHCW
 

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from London-Northolt Airport to Glasgow-Renfrew Airport as the crow flies is 542 km (339 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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