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Last updated: 6 July 2020
Estado:Final
Fecha:domingo 24 diciembre 1944
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DST-A-217A (DC-3)
Operador:American Airlines
Registración: NC21752
Numéro de série: 2165
Año de Construcción: 1939
Horas Totales de la Célula:12164
Motores: 2 Wright R-1820-G102
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes:
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes:
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Repaired
Ubicación:7,3 km (4.6 milles) NE of Saline, MI (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Detroit (unknown airport), MI, Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Chicago (unknown airport), IL, Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo:AA21
Descripción:
American Airlines Flight 21 en route from New York to Chicago, departed Detroit at 11:25. The first officer was pilot flying. After passing Willow Run airport, the captain started making the routine entries in his flight log. While making the entries, his attention was diverted momentarily from the flight path ahead. At about the same time the first officer tuned the auxiliary receiver to the frequency of the next range station. As he leaned forward to line up the tuning dial his upper limit of vision was increased and he saw a yellow plane coming from above. He was startled and involuntarily depressed the left wing. wing to clear the approaching plane but also simultaneously felt an impact against the DC-3s left wing. The captain immediately took over the controls. The left wing went down about 30 degrees and continued downward despite the captains efforts to level it. With the right engine idling and the left engine operating at emergency power the combined efforts of captain and first officer brought the aircraft level laterally but altitude could not be maintained. The captain selected a field he could reach by turning only a few degrees to the right and landed with wheels up and flaps down. After passing through three wire fences the plane stopped in an upright position. The light plane involved in the collision, Taylorcraft BL-65 NC24403 owned by Ypsilanti Air Service, Inc., lost control and crashed. Its occupants parachuted safely.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Probable cause of this accident was lack of vigilance of the crew of the overtaking DC-3."

Fuentes:
» CAB File No. 4118-44


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