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Last updated: 14 December 2019
Date:vendredi 29 octobre 1943
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-15-DL (DC-3)
Compagnie:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Immatriculation: 42-23391
Numéro de série: 9253
Année de Fabrication: 1943
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Equipage:victimes: 4 / à bord: 5
Passagers:victimes: 10 / à bord: 15
Total:victimes: 14 / à bord: 20
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Hoffman-Mackall AAF, NC (HFF) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Aéroport de départ:Hoffman-Mackall AAF, NC (HFF), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Hoffman-Mackall AAF, NC (HFF), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
The C-47 was engaged in a nighttime paratroop dropping mission. It was equipped with two fully loaded externally mounted para-racks.
While on its way to the drop zone, the no. 1 engine failed. The propeller was feathered and the pilot decided to return to Mackall AAF. He did not jettison the para-racks. The paratroopers were ordered to stay on board as the altitude (300 feet) was too low to jump. After a slightly high final approach the pilot decided to abort the approach. Full power was added on the remaining engine and the airplane banked against the no. 1 engine.
The C-47 partially stalled, the left wingtip struck treetops and the airplane cartwheeled into the ground.
After the accident it was recommended that all transport planes with very heavy loads be fueled with 100-octane fuel instead of 91-octane as in this case.

» 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 382ème loss
  • 132ème accident fatal
  • le accident 22ème le plus grave (à ce moment là)
  • le accident 378ème le plus grave (en ce moment)
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