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Last updated: 23 October 2020
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:dimanche 5 janvier 1947
Heure:22:08
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-208A
Compagnie:American Airlines
Immatriculation: NC21746
Numéro de série: 2104
Année de Fabrication: 1939
Heures de vol:25547
Moteurs: 2 Wright R-1820-G102
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 13
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 16
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Jones Beach, NY (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: Inconnu (UNK)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Baltimore Airport, MD, Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:AA203
Détails:
Arriving near Washington, the aircraft had to hold because of 2 emergencies. "Flagship San Antonio" then continued to Baltimore and held there for 75 mins. also because of some emergencies of other flights. The crew decided to try Philadelphia instead. They were not able to use the Philadelphia radio dang however due to static interference. The flight continued north-eastward with weather conditions worsening. With 30 minutes of fuel left an emergency landing was decided upon. A belly landing was carried out on a beach. The aircraft was salvaged and sold as scrap.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The inability of the pilot to land at a prepared landing area due to the loss of radio navigational reference resulting from severe static interference. A contributing factor was the saturation of navigational facilities in the New York-Washington area due to the existence of a large number of emergencies which prevented an early landing. A further contributing factor was the failure of the company and the United States Weather Bureau to forecast adequately the high level conditions affecting this area due to insufficient number of radiosonde stations in the northeastern states."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 1-0003-47


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