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Last updated: 4 June 2020
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 21 August 1946
Time:04:19
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Trans-Luxury Airlines
Registration: NC51878
C/n / msn: 4542
First flight: 1942
Total airframe hrs:4121
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 25
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Moline, IL (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chicago (unknown airport), IL, United States of America
Destination airport:Omaha-Eppley Airfield, NE (OMA/KOMA), United States of America
Narrative:
A no. 1 engine oil leak was inspected by a mechanic prior to the next flight. The flight departed Chicago at 03:03, The flight was continued under instrument flight rules and was cleared to cruise at 4,000 feet via airway Green 3 to the Omaha Airport. At approximately 04:00, within about 35 miles of Moline, a flash of fire was observed at the left engine. The propeller was feathered and a descent initiated for a nearby airport. The aircraft overshot the landing on runway 22, so the pilot executed a go around. A left turn was flown with gear and flaps extended. The left wing touched the ground and the aircraft cartwheeled. The engine failure was caused by a no. 5 cylinder fracture.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The faulty execution of an emergency single engine approach following failure of the left engine in flight. A contributing factor was the failure of the pilot to exercise sufficient caution by having, a qualified mechanic determine the reasons for oil leakage in the left engine prior to departure from Chicago."

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 43)
» CAB File No. 2254-46


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accident date: 21-08-1946
type: Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
registration: NC51878
 
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