ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3C) N53596 Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 24 May 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3C)
Operator:Meteor Air Transport
Registration: N53596
MSN: 20433
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:10923
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Teterboro Airport, NJ (TEB/KTEB), United States of America
Destination airport:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL), United States of America
Despite the weather, the crew started a circling approach after passing the outer marker. During the circle approach, the no. 2 engine quit due to fuel mismanagement. Control was lost during a left turn and the DC-3 struck the ground. According to some production lists the airplane was repaired. This seems somewhat unlikely since the CAB reported the plane to be 'demolished' as a result of the accident.
The tail section remained more or less intact and may have been used in rebuilding a DC-3 as reported in the production lists.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Mismanagement of fuel resulting in loss of power and control while circling the field preparatory to an approach for landing."

Accident investigation:

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

» CAB File No. 1-0029
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (84-88)


photo of Douglas-C-47A-N53596
accident date: 24-05-1953
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: N53596

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Teterboro Airport, NJ to Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO as the crow flies is 1400 km (875 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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