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Status:Final
Date:Sunday 6 January 1946
Time:03:59
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-392
Operator:Pennsylvania-Central Airlines
Registration: NC21786
MSN: 4131
First flight: 1941
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-G102A
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Birmingham Airport, AL (BHM) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Knoxville Airport, TN (TYS/KTYS), United States of America
Destination airport:Birmingham Airport, AL (BHM/KBHM), United States of America
Flightnumber: 105
Narrative:
The DC-3 was high and fast on the approach after breaking through the clouds on an instrument approach to Birmingham. The aircraft touched down at the runway intersections and continued tail high off the runway. It ran through a perimeter fence and ended up in a creek.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The action of the pilot in committing himself to a landing from an approach which was too high and too fast."

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» CAB File No. 301-46


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Distance from Knoxville Airport, TN to Birmingham Airport, AL as the crow flies is 353 km (220 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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