Vliegtuigongeval op 23 NOV 1957 met Douglas C-47D (DC-3) 43-49403 - Gustavus Airport, AK (GST)
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Datum:zaterdag 23 november 1957
Tijd:20:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Air National Guard
Registratie: 43-49403
Constructienummer: 26664/15219
Bouwjaar: 1944
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 7
Totaal:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 11
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:NW of Gustavus Airport, AK (GST) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Annette Island Airport, AK (ANN/PANT), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
The Alaska Air National Guard C-47 was flying Army National civilian employees back home from San Francisco, CA. Intermediate stops were planned at Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM) and Annette Island Airport, AK (ANN) before it was to continue to Anchorage, AK.
High winds and severe turbulence prevented them from landing at Annette Island. The crew decided to divert to Gustavus, AK (GST) were the weather was reported clear for little or no wind. Low on fuel, the captain flew a short visual approach instead of flying an instrument approach. This would have taken him far out over Glacier Bay. He failed to land on the first attempt and again circled the field. It was dark and beginning to snow. The crew descended too low and the right wing caught a tall tree that made the aircraft start to spin. The C-47 nosed into the ground.

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» The Complete 1957 Plane Crash Story by Rita Wilson


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photo of Douglas-C-47D-43-49403
accident date: 23-11-1957
type: Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
registration: 43-49403
 

Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA en Annette Island Airport, AK bedraagt 1075 km (672 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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