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Last updated: 25 November 2020
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 15 Oktober 1943
Zeit:23:17
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-178
Fluggesellschaft:American Airlines
Kennzeichen: NC16008
Werknummer: 1588
Baujahr: 1936
Betriebsstunden:17774
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-G102
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 8
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 11 / Insassen: 11
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Centerville, TN (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN (BNA/KBNA), USA
Flug nach:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), USA
Flugnummer:AA63
Unfallbericht:
Flight 63 originated at Cleveland at 17:56, 17 minutes later than the scheduled departure. Intermediate stops were made at Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, and at Louisville. Accumulated delay at the time of departure from Nashville amounted to one hour and 38 minutes. The DC-3, named "Flagship Missouri", climbed to 6000 feet and the pilot reported cruising at this level at 22:59. At 23:06 the flight called Nashville and requested permission to climb to 8000 feet, which was approved. However altitude was lost until the DC-3 descended into the thickly wooded southern slope of a hill which rose to a height of about 75 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inability of the aircraft to gain or maintain altitude due to carburetor ice or propeller ice or wing ice of some combination of these icing conditions while over terrain and in weather unsuitable for an emergency landing. CONTRIBUTING FACTOR: Weather conditions which, had their nature been anticipated, should have precluded the dispatch of the flight in an aircraft no equipped with wind or propeller deicing equipment."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Accident number: File No.4889-43
Download report: Final report

Informationsquelle:
» CAB File No. 4889-43


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Distance from Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN to Memphis Municipal Airport, TN as the crow flies is 319 km (200 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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