ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47B-35-DK (DC-3) PH-MOA Southend Municipal Airport (SEN)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 3 June 1971
Time:01:25 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-35-DK (DC-3)
Registration: PH-MOA
MSN: 33353/16605
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:6372
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90D
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 32
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 36
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Southend Municipal Airport (SEN) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Southend Municipal Airport (SEN/EGMC), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Netherlands
The Moormanair DC-3 was chartered to fly Ajax football supporters back to the Netherlands.
Following a fall in manifold pressure and the discovery of an oil leak in the starboard engine soon after a night takeoff the pilot decided to return to Southend Airport for an emergency landing. In order to avoid an overshoot he used 15 degrees of flap for the landing which resulted in a higher than normal airspeed at touchdown. The aircraft touched down about half-way along the runway in use, overran the paved area and collided with an earth bank. Of the thirty-two passengers and four crew on board the aircraft, two passengers were injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: "The accident was due to a late touchdown and inappropriate use of the flaps. Insufficient braking efficiency resulted in a higher speed of overrun than would have otherwise occurred."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: AIB (U.K.)
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Accident number: AAR 1/1973
Download report: Final report

Late landing
Runway excursion


photo of Douglas-C-47B-PH-MOA
accident date: 03-06-1971
type: Douglas C-47B (DC-3)
registration: PH-MOA
photo of Douglas-C-47B-PH-MOA
accident date: 03-06-1971
type: Douglas C-47B (DC-3)
registration: PH-MOA
photo of Douglas-C-47B-PH-MOA
accident date: 03-06-1971
type: Douglas C-47B (DC-3)
registration: PH-MOA

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Southend Municipal Airport to Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport as the crow flies is 289 km (180 miles).

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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