Accident description
Last updated: 20 December 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 28 March 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 45-1065
C/n / msn: 34335/17068
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) SE of Rockcliffe RCAF Station, ON (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Rockcliffe RCAF Station, ON (YRO/CYRO), Canada
Destination airport:New York (unknown airport), NY, United States of America
Narrative:
The airplane's no.2 engine caught fire shortly after departure from RCAF Rockcliffe. One of the passengers was able to bail out safely. The other four occupants died as the airplane crashed in flames. One of those killed was American Ambassador Laurence A. Steinhardt.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Probing fatal Steinhardt air plane crash (AP, 29-3-1950)


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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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