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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 20 January 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:Zantop Air Transport
Registration: N49551
MSN: 4940
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kansas City, MO (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Jackson-Reynolds Municipal Airport, MI (JXN/KJXN), United States of America
Destination airport:Kansas City-Fairfax Field, KS, United States of America
The Zantop DC-3 was on a runway 21 ADF approach when it crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loss of control of the aircraft at an altitude too low to effect recovery. The loss of control resulted from an accumulation of ice and the use of de-icer boots at low air speeds."

Loss of control

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (49-51)


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Jackson-Reynolds Municipal Airport, MI to Kansas City-Fairfax Field, KS as the crow flies is 916 km (572 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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