Accident Douglas DC-6 NC90733,
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Date:Friday 3 December 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-6
Owner/operator:American Airlines
Registration: NC90733
MSN: 43038/69
Year of manufacture:1947
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Minor, repaired
Location:near Cambray, NM -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Dallas-Love Field, TX (DAL/KDAL)
Destination airport:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS/KTUS)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane departed Dallas for Tucson at 16:56 to cruise at 18,000 feet. After reaching cruising altitude, the flight proceeded in a routine manner until approximately 19:50, at which time the crew felt a severe jolt when the no. 4 engine separated from its mountings. The nacelle caught fire which was quickly extinguished. Unable to determine the extent of the damage in the nacelle, the crew elected to make an emergency landing at the nearest field, which was at the CAA Auxiliary Field, Columbus, New Mexico. This was accomplished without further incident at 20:10.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Fatigue failure of the propeller blade resulting from circumferential indentation induced on the inside surface of the blade shank during manufacture."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


CAB Accident Investigation Report

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