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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 95798
Last updated: 16 December 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft AT-7B Navigator
Owner/operator:1 ERS, United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
Registration: 42-43480
C/n / msn: 4222
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ice cap, Narsarssuak -   Greenland
Phase: En route
Departure airport:APO 859 (Sondre Stromfjord)
Destination airport:APO 858 (Narsarssuaq)
On 28 November 1943 the AT-7B 42-43480 from 1st Arctic Search and Rescue Squadron took off at 1419 hrs GMT from APO 859 (Sondre Stromfjord) to APO 858 (Narsarssuaq) with three crew and four passengers being transfered on board. Nothing was heard from it after that time.

A search plane finally located the wreckage on 20 December. It had crashed on the Greenland Ice Cap at the reported position of 65.38N 50.13W, about 72 miles south of the point of departure. There were no survivor.

Crew & passengers (all killed):
Pilot: Capt. Elmer E Slaten (pilot)
Co-Pilot: 1st Lt. John A Davis (co-pilot)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. George A Clarke (navigator)
1st Lt.Fayette F Krause (passenger, 73rd Infantry Battalion)
1st Lt. Simon B Chipley (passenger, 101st Finance Disbursement Section, U.S. Army)
S/Sgt Billy S Kelly (passenger, Army Air Corps)
Sgt Hiram A Long (passenger, Army Air Corps)

The following facts were revealed by the investigating officials:
"The weather at the time of the accident was forecast as being clear at the destination, with occasional snow showers along the coastal route. The pilot was advised to maintain 10,000 feet altitude and avoid any of the cloud formations. The exact cause of the accident is undetermined, but it is assumed that the aircraft encountered sever icing conditions and/or had a fire or explosion while in flight. All the evidence that could be found indicated a definite possibility of the cabin gas tank exploding and burning while in fight, since cushions, etc. were burned only on the bottom side. While it is possible that some of the occupants may have parachted, there was no indication that the escape hatch or cabin door had ever been opened after the initial takeoff.


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Revision history:

02-Nov-2015 23:57 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
28-Nov-2015 09:25 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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