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Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:vendredi 7 septembre 1945
Heure:02:13
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-201G
Compagnie:Eastern Air Lines
Immatriculation: NC33631
Numéro de série: 4137
Année de Fabrication: 1941
Heures de vol:17532
Moteurs: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 19 / à bord: 19
Total:victimes: 22 / à bord: 22
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:10 km (6.3 milles) ENE of Florence, SC (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Savannah International Airport, GA (SAV/KSAV), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU/KRDU), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:EA42
Détails:
The aircraft had departed Savannah at 00:41 for a flight to Raleigh. Weather at Raleigh was below minima, so the crew were re-cleared for Washington. No acknowledgement of the message was received. At 02:05, a radio transmission from Flight 42 was intercepted in which it was indicated that the pilot intended to return to Florence and that he desired clearance to land at Florence Army Air Field. It was found out that a fire in the rear had forced the crew to divert. Because of the fire, the passengers moved to the front of the plane. The right elevator caught fire as well, rendering longitudinal control very difficult and probably made the collision with the first of the trees unavoidable. The aircraft crashed in a swampy, wooded area.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Fire of undetermined genesis in the rear cargo compartment or lavatory which resulted in the inability of the pilot to maintain altitude long enough to effect a landing."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 2970-45


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La distance entre Savannah International Airport, GA et Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC est de 470 km (293 miles).

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Douglas DC-3

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  • 2085ème loss
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