Crash-aerien 04 NOV 1957 d'un Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3) VH-EWF - Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD)
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Statuts:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:lundi 4 novembre 1957
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Compagnie:East West Airlines
Immatriculation: VH-EWF
Numéro de série: 6007
Année de Fabrication: 1942
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 24
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 27
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:3 km (1.9 milles) E de Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD) (   Australie)
Phase de vol: En montée initiale (ICL)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD/YSSY), Australie
Aéroport de destination:Tamworth Airport, NSW (TMW/YSTW), Australie
At 19:12 the DC-3 took off from Sydney runway 07 for a flight to Tamworth. At a height of bout 200 feet the one of the engines backfired severely. The pilot-in-command noticed that the no. 1 engine was about 150 rpm below the no. 2 engine. The pilot reduced power on that engine and , not noticing any violent signs of malfunction, applied power again to 32 inches manifold pressure. The engine backfired again, so the no. 1 prop was feathered immediately. A left turn was initiated with the intention of making an approach to runway 16. The aircraft was losing height fast, so the pilot decided to try an emergency landing on runway 25 instead. This wasn't possible also, so the aircraft was eventually ditched in a lake 2 miles east of the airport at 150 feet from the nearest bank where the water was 10-15 feet deep.
It appeared that the pilot had shut down the wrong engine. The no. 2 cylinder head of the no. 2 engine had cracked. No damage was found on the no. 1 engine.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot-in-command, on becoming aware of an engine defect, took action to feather a propeller on the basis of evidence that was insufficient to ensure correct identification of the defective engine."

» ICAO Accident Digest No.9, Circular 56-AN/51 (211-218)


photo of Douglas-C-47-VH-EWF

Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW et Tamworth Airport, NSW est de 319 km (199 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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