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Status:Final
Date:Thursday 10 February 1944
Time:23:36
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-277A
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: NC21767
MSN: 2166
First flight: 1939
Total airframe hrs:12446
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:29 km (18.1 mls) SW of Memphis Airport, TN (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Little Rock National Airport, AR (LIT/KLIT), United States of America
Destination airport:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Flightnumber: AA2
Narrative:
The DC-3 struck the Mississippi River in an angle of descent of about 20 degrees with the right wing slightly low.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board is unable to determine the probable cause of this accident upon the available evidence which has been collected in the present investigation. Search for further information will continue and in the event that additional significant evidence is obtained a supplemental report will be issued."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 523-44


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Distance from Little Rock National Airport, AR to Memphis Municipal Airport, TN as the crow flies is 207 km (129 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 520th loss
  • 179th fatal accident
  • 7th worst accident (at the time)
  • 132nd worst accident (currently)
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