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Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 23 Februar 1945
Zeit:02:25
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-277
Fluggesellschaft:American Airlines
Kennzeichen: NC18142
Werknummer: 2138
Baujahr: 1939
Betriebsstunden:17296
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-G102
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 15 / Insassen: 19
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 17 / Insassen: 22
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:9 km (5.6 Meilen) SW of Rural Retreat, VA (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA), USA
Flug nach:Nashville-Berry Field, TN (BNA/KBNA), USA
Flugnummer: 9
Unfallbericht:
American Airlines Flight 3 en route from New York to Los Angeles departed at 21:39 on February 22, 1945. Departure from Washington had been at 00:11 on February 23. The last radio message from the flight was at 02:05 at 4,000 feet over Pulaski, Virginia. The DC-3 continued, passing through rain and clouds and encountering considerable turbulence. The airplane flew over mountainous terrain and struck the wooded summit of Glade Mountain at approx 3910 feet amsl.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to properly plan the flight and remain at a safe instrument altitude under existing conditions. A contributing cause of the accident was the company's laxity in dispatching and supervising the flight."

Informationsquelle:
» CAB File No. 875-45


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photo of Douglas-DC-3-277-NC18142
accident date: 23-02-1945
type: Douglas DC-3-277
registration: NC18142
 

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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 Washington-National Airport, DC to Nashville-Berry Field, TN as the crow flies is 896 km (560 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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