Narrative:An inexperienced and unqualified (DC-3) pilot commenced takeoff with a 7 kt tailwind and with an unlocked tail wheel. The aircraft crashed.
Probable Cause:PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of control at take-off because of the inexperience of the unqualified pilot making the take-off and because of the failure of the experienced pilot in the right seat to assume timely control. The accident sequence was initiated by poor judgment of the pilot-in-command in allowing an unqualified pilot to make the take-off and by the Regional Director's assuming the left seat which was contrary to his own operating rules to assure that the aircraft was operated by qualified pilots at their respective duty stations."
Official accident investigation report
Follow-up / safety actions
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Distance from Dubois-Jefferson County Airport, PA to Harrisburg International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 209 km (131 miles).