Wirestrike Accident Douglas C-47A-35-DL (DC-3) 42-23834,
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Date:Tuesday 14 March 1944
Time:14:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-35-DL (DC-3)
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-23834
MSN: 9696
Year of manufacture:1943
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:New York Municipal Airport-LaGuardia Field, NY (LGA) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:New York Municipal Airport-LaGuardia Field, NY (LGA/KLGA)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Two American Airlines mechanics took the C-47 for an unauthorized flight. It took off in a near-stalling attitude and then made two passes over the field.
During the third approach, the aircraft was very low. It struck a highway light pole, went through fences and burst into flames.

Sources:

Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles

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