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Last updated: 19 June 2019
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Date:Wednesday 25 July 1945
Time:10:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas TC-47B (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-76612
C/n / msn: 32944/16196
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:32 km (20 mls) NE of Tampa, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Sarasota AAF, FL (SRQ/KSRQ), United States of America
Destination airport:Lake Charles AAF, LA (CWF/KCWF), United States of America
Narrative:
The Douglas TC-47B was destroyed in an accident near Tampa, FL, killing all thirteen crew members. The airplane was part of a flight of five aircraft on a navigation training flight from Sarasota AAF to Lake Charles AAF. A line of thunderstorms was present in the area north of Tampa. The pilot lost control of he aircraft. Stresses on the airframe caused the failure of the left wing. The airplane spiralled down, breaking up. The wreckage came down in a thick mangrove swamp.

Classification:
Wing failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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Distance from Sarasota AAF, FL to Lake Charles AAF, LA as the crow flies is 1071 km (669 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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Douglas DC-3

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  • 2020th loss
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