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Last updated: 25 June 2019
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Date:Tuesday 25 April 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-5-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-108842
C/n / msn: 12268
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Membury USAAF Station 466 (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Membury USAAF Station 466, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Newbury-Greenham Common RAF Station (EWY/EGVI), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The C-47A departed Membury USAAF Station 466 and climbed to 100 feet above treetops. A slow right turn increased to a 45 degree bank angle. The right wing then contacted tree tops causing a loss of control and subsequent crash.

Probable Cause:

There was no mechanical failure and the accident was due to pilot error in the opinion of the Accident Investigating Committee.

Sources:
» Brief of aircraft accident AFAFC No. 45--4-25-510
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Aviation Archaeology - local crash sites


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Douglas DC-3

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