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Last updated: 27 May 2020
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Date:Saturday 6 May 1944
Time:14:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-35-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-23925
C/n / msn: 9787
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) SSE of Fayetteville-Pope AAF, NC (POB) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The airplane entered instrument conditions near Pope Field. The pilot then probably attempted a 180-degree turn out of the clouds. It emerged from the clouds at a height of 700-1000 feet and continued in a vertical dive into the ground. The pilot had lost control of the airplane, causing the separation of the right elevator.

Sources:
» 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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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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