Vliegtuigongeval op 24 APR 1946 met Douglas DC-3A-367 NC33621 - Hollywood, CA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:woensdag 24 april 1946
Tijd:01:57
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A-367
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Western Air Lines
Registratie: NC33621
Constructienummer: 3286
Bouwjaar: 1941
Aantal vlieguren:13354
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:3 km (1.9 mijl) NW of Hollywood, CA (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Test
Vliegveld van vertrek:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
The DC-3 departed Hollywood at night for a test flight following an engine change. After reporting an engine failure the pilot tried to return to the airport. In conditions of ground fog the aircraft approached too high. While maneuvering for another approach the DC-3 struck eucalyptus trees, crashed and burst into flames in the yard of 11723 Lorne Street, North Hollywood. Excessive oil accumulation in the no. 8 cylinder on the no. 1 engine forced the crew to shut it down.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The action of the pilot in descending to an excessively low altitude in an attempt to remain contact after encountering ground fog during an approach for an emergency landing. A contributing factor was failure of the left engine due to excessive oil accumulation in the No. 8 cylinder prior to starting the engine. A further contributing factor was the failure of maintenance personnel to take proper precaution for drainage of oil accumulation prior to starting the engine."

Accident investigation:

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Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

Bronnen:
» CAB File No. 872-46


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