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Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:dimanche 17 mai 1953
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DST-318 (DC-3)
Compagnie:Delta Air Lines
Immatriculation: N28345
Numéro de série: 2224
Année de Fabrication: 1940
Heures de vol:39000
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 16 / à bord: 17
Total:victimes: 19 / à bord: 20
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:21 km (13.1 milles) E of Marshall, TX (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Dallas-Love Field, TX (DAL/KDAL), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Shreveport-Greater Shreveport Municipal Airport, LA (SHV/KSHV), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:DL318
Flight 318 departed Dallas on a VFR Flight Plan at 13:10 for Atlanta, with a scheduled stop at Shreveport. En route to Shreveport the crew were warned about thunderstorms in the area of Longview. At about 14:12 Flight 318 called the Shreveport Control Tower, which cleared it to make a right-hard turn for landing approach to runway 13. Flight 318 acknowledged this message and requested the Shreveport weather which was transmitted as dark scattered clouds at 1,000 feet, ceiling estimated 4,000 feet, overcast at 20,000 feet, visibility 10 miles, thunderstorm, light rain shower. The tower also advised of a thunderstorm approximately 15 miles west of Shreveport. This transmission also was acknowledged by the flight. The thunderstorm was entered at an altitude of 2500 feet, and with no apparent attempt to change course. The very intense localized thunderstorm was accompanied by frequent cloud-to-ground lightning, hail, heavy rain, turbulence, and high winds. The flight was forced to the ground. It struck the trees while in a shallow angle of descent. It continued ahead, cutting a swath through trees for a distance of approximately 500 feet, struck the ground, skidded, and came to rest in a mess of wreckage 870 feet from the point of initial contact with the trees. The aircraft partially burned following impact.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) The encountering of conditions in a severe thunderstorm that resulted in loss of effective control of the aircraft, and 2) The failure of the captain to adhere to company directives requiring the avoidance of thunderstorms when conditions would allow such action."

» CAB File No. 1-0030
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (76-79)


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Dallas-Love Field, TX et Shreveport-Greater Shreveport Municipal Airport, LA est de 285 km (178 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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Douglas DC-3

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  • 3131ème loss
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