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Last updated: 21 March 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Monday 21 January 2019
Time:09:12
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aero Modifications AMI DC-3-65TP
Operator:Priority Air Charter
Registration: N467KS
C/n / msn: 20175
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65AR
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:SE of Kidron-Stoltzfus Airfield, OH (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Kidron-Stoltzfus Airfield, OH, United States of America
Destination airport:Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH (CAK/KCAK), United States of America
Narrative:
The turbine powered DC-3-65TP impacted terrain while departing from Kidron-Stoltzfus Airfield (OH22), Ohio, USA. The captain and first officer were fatally injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to Priority Air Charter LLC and operated by AFM Hardware Inc. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the positioning flight, which was destined for Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK), North Canton, Ohio.
A witness at Stoltzfus Airfield noticed the airplane lift off about a third of the way down runway 19. Soon after becoming airborne, white smoke was noticed coming out of the left engine. The airplane began to veer to the left and did not climb normally. The witness watched the airplane descend over a building until he lost sight of it.
The airplane struck power lines and trees before impacting the ground and came to rest about 200 yards from the end of runway 19. The main wreckage was upright and oriented on a northwesterly heading, with the fuselage separated forward of the wings. The left wing was broken aft and upward and the inboard leading edge of the right wing was crushed aft. The left engine was broken aft and outboard of the wing's leading edge. The right engine was broken downward at the nacelle. The nose of the airplane was located forward and left of the airplane main wreckage.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: CEN19LA056

Sources:
» news5cleveland.com
» Flightaware.com
» indeonline.com
» NTSB


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
1 May 1944 43-15709 USAAF delivered
23 Nov. 1945 LR-AAB Middle East Airlines registered
May 1951 OD-AAB Middle East Airlines new registration
23 March 1965 F-OCEN Air Djibouti bought
April 1971 F-OCEN Air Comores
26 May 1976 D6-ECB Comores Goverment
1989 6835 South African Air Force
July 1996 6835 South African Air Force converted to C-47TP
15 Dec. 1997 N145RD Dodson Aviation delivered
5 Nov. 2002 N145RD Baja Air Inc. registered
28 March 2011 N467KS Priority Air Charter registered

Map
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 Kidron-Stoltzfus Airfield, OH to Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH as the crow flies is 33 km (21 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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