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Last updated: 12 December 2018
Status:Final
Date:Friday 7 September 1945
Time:02:13
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-201G
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: NC33631
C/n / msn: 4137
First flight: 1941
Total airframe hrs:17532
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) ENE of Florence, SC (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Savannah International Airport, GA (SAV/KSAV), United States of America
Destination airport:Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU/KRDU), United States of America
Flightnumber:EA42
Narrative:
The aircraft had departed Savannah at 00:41 for a flight to Raleigh. Weather at Raleigh was below minima, so the crew were re-cleared for Washington. No acknowledgement of the message was received. At 02:05, a radio transmission from Flight 42 was intercepted in which it was indicated that the pilot intended to return to Florence and that he desired clearance to land at Florence Army Air Field. It was found out that a fire in the rear had forced the crew to divert. Because of the fire, the passengers moved to the front of the plane. The right elevator caught fire as well, rendering longitudinal control very difficult and probably made the collision with the first of the trees unavoidable. The aircraft crashed in a swampy, wooded area.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Fire of undetermined genesis in the rear cargo compartment or lavatory which resulted in the inability of the pilot to maintain altitude long enough to effect a landing."

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» CAB File No. 2970-45


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Distance from Savannah International Airport, GA to Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC as the crow flies is 470 km (293 miles).

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Douglas DC-3

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  • 2085th loss
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