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Last updated: 3 August 2020
Datum:Samstag 11 August 1984
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3C)
Fluggesellschaft:Aviation Enterprises
Kennzeichen: N70003
Werknummer: 12938
Baujahr: 1944
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Memphis, TN (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), USA
Flug nach:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), USA
Shortly after takeoff engine problems forced the crew to feather the no. 1 engine. While flying at approx. 100-150 feet some utility poles were hit. The DC-3 then crashed through the roof of a warehouse, killing all 3 on board. The no. 1 engine problems were caused by a missing spark plug in the no.14 cylinder.

Probable Cause:

Ignition system, spark plug .. loose
Light condition .. dark night
Maintenance .. improper .. company maintenance personnel
Object .. utility pole
Object .. building(nonresidential)
Ignition system, spark plug .. separation"

» NTSB id ATL84F51


photo of Douglas-C-47A-N70003
accident date: 11-08-1984
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: N70003

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 Memphis International Airport, TN to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL as the crow flies is 787 km (492 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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