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Date:Friday 29 November 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Purdue University
Registration: N386T
MSN: 20411
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:12241
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Morgantown, WV (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Lafayette-Purdue University Airport, IN (LAF/KLAF), United States of America
Destination airport:Morgantown Airport, WV (MGW/KMGW), United States of America
The DC-3 departed Lafayette, IN at 08:36 for a ferry flight to Morgantown. The plane was on a VOR instrument approach to land when it struck trees and crashed on a wooded hillside.
Weather at 11:18 EST was Ceiling 600 feet broken, 800 feet overcast, visibility 2 miles, light rain and fog; wind north, 12 knots with gusts to 20 knots, altitude setting 29.42in.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's execution of an instrument approach in an aircraft not equipped with navigational instrumentation appropriate to the ground facilities being used."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» CAB Accident Report File No. 1-0017
» ICAO Accident Digest No.15 - Volume II, Circular 78-AN/66 (10-16)


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Distance from Lafayette-Purdue University Airport, IN to Morgantown Airport, WV as the crow flies is 600 km (375 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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