ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3) N41447 Des Moines, IA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 2 December 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3)
Operator:SMB Stage Line
Registration: N41447
MSN: 12987
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Des Moines, IA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Chicago (unknown airport), IL, United States of America
Destination airport:Des Moines Airport, IA (DSM/KDSM), United States of America
The DC-3 struck the upslope of an embankment, 300 feet short of the runway 03 threshold. Windshield icing restricted the visibility of both pilots.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - misjudged distance and altitude
miscellaneous acts,conditions - airframe ice
miscellaneous acts,conditions - ice-windshield
weather - icing conditions-includes sleet,freezing rain,etc.



photo of Douglas-C-47A-N41447
accident date: 02-12-1978
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: N41447
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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