ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3) N52 Coraopolis, PA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 9 November 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Federal Aviation Agency - FAA
Registration: N52
MSN: 20419
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Coraopolis, PA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Pittsburgh-Greater Pittsburgh Airport, PA (PIT/KPIT), United States of America
Destination airport:Pittsburgh-Greater Pittsburgh Airport, PA (PIT/KPIT), United States of America
The C-47 aircraft operated on a flight to check the ILS of the Greater Pittsburgh Airport in Pennsylvania, USA. During the flight both engines lost power as a result fuel starvation. The flight crew carried out a forced landing during which the aircraft struck trees.

Probable Cause:

powerplant - fuel system: selector valves
pilot in command - mismanagement of fuel
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel starvation
miscellaneous acts,conditions - failure of two or more engines
miscellaneous acts,conditions - leak/leakage
miscellaneous acts,conditions - inattentive to fuel supply
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-2 engines
emergency circumstances - forced landing off airport on land

Fuel exhaustion
All engine powerloss
Forced landing outside airport



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