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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Datum:vrijdag 26 januari 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registratie: 41-38636
Constructienummer: 4739
Bouwjaar: 1942
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1
Totaal:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Birmingham Army Air Base, AL (BHM) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Birmingham Army Air Base, AL (BHM/KBHM), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Lubbock-South Plains AAF, TX (LBB/KLBB), Verenigde Staten
A Douglas C-47 transport aircraft was destroyed in a takeoff accident at Birmingham AAB, killing all four on board. The airplane had left Laurinburg-Maxton AAF on a ferry flight, towing two Waco CG-4A gliders. While over Birmingham, the pilot requested to land the two gliders downwind on the takeoff runway. He was advised to use the longer NE-SW runway, but the pilot decided to use the N-S runway. The gliders landed without problems but the C-47 stalled when attempting to take off. It crashed and burst into flames.

» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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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 Birmingham Army Air Base, AL en Lubbock-South Plains AAF, TX bedraagt 1385 km (866 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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