Accident description
Last updated: 26 November 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 4 March 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-30655
C/n / msn: 13806
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bentwaters RAF Station (BWY) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:-
Destination airport:-
Narrative:
The aircraft was undergoing a high speed taxi check on the runway when it departed the runway mid-field on the left side. The pilot attempted to ground-loop the aircraft but it crashed into a grove of trees. The rudder lock had not been removed before the test, leading to this accident.

Classification:
Locked rudders/ailerons/gustlock
Runway excursion

Sources:
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde


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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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