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Last updated: 20 January 2022
Datum:maandag 10 maart 1941
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-277C
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:American Airlines
Registratie: NC15592
Constructienummer: 2248
Bouwjaar: 1940
Motoren: 2 Wright R-1820-G102
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 9
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 12
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Cincinnati Municipal Airport, OH (LUK) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Chicago Municipal Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Cincinnati Municipal Airport, OH (LUK/KLUK), Verenigde Staten
American Airlines Trip 20 departed Chicago Municipal Airport, IL on a flight to Washington, DC. The first intermediate stop was Cincinnati Municipal Airport, OH.
An unexpected acceleration of a low pressure system resulted in the arrival of a storm front at Cincinnati coincidentally with the arrival of Trip 20 with resulting turbulence below 3000 feet, violent rain squalls and a ceiling of 1300 feet.
When attempting to land on runway 6, the airplane ballooned after entering a sudden squall. The captain continued the landing and the aircraft contacted the ground to the left of the runway and rolled into a levee.

Probable Cause:

The error in judgment on the part of the pilot in continuing an attempt to land during a period of restricted visibility from the cockpit due to heavy precipitation. A substantial factor, increasing the pilots difficulties and the liability of error in judgment, was the inadequacy of the system of runway lighting on Lunken Airport, Cincinnati, Ohio.


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Chicago Municipal Airport, IL en Cincinnati Municipal Airport, OH bedraagt 408 km (255 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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