Accident description
Last updated: 1 November 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 8 April 1951
Time:ca 11:56
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-1-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-48298
C/n / msn: 25559
First flight:
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) NE of Charleston, WV (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Louisville-Godman AFB, KY, United States of America
Destination airport:Charleston-Kanawha County Airport, WV (CRW/KCRW), United States of America
Narrative:
Flew into the side of a tree-covered hill and caught fire. The C-47 was on an ADF instrument approach to runway 23 of the Charleston-Kanawha County Airport, WV (CRW).

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999


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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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