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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Thursday 8 March 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47J (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army
Registration: 0-50781
MSN: 26398/14953
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Silk Hope, NC (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Fort Bragg-Simmons AAF, NC (FBG/KFBG), United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Bragg-Simmons AAF, NC (FBG/KFBG), United States of America
The C-47 crashed into a corn field one hour after departure. The accident killed all on board, including 11 members of the United States Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, a flight crew of two, and a crew chief.
Cause of the crash was determined to be overloaded - due to the fact a heavy metal plating floor had been added in Vietnam but not entered in the log book. The aircraft was also flying in poor weather conditions.

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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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Douglas DC-3

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  • 4124th loss
  • 1627th fatal accident
  • 355th worst accident (at the time)
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