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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Mittwoch 21 August 1946
Zeit:04:19
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:Trans-Luxury Airlines
Kennzeichen: NC51878
Werknummer: 4542
Baujahr: 1942
Betriebsstunden:4121
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 22
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 25
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Moline, IL (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Chicago (unknown airport), IL, USA
Flug nach:Omaha-Eppley Airfield, NE (OMA/KOMA), USA
Unfallbericht:
A no. 1 engine oil leak was inspected by a mechanic prior to the next flight. The flight departed Chicago at 03:03, The flight was continued under instrument flight rules and was cleared to cruise at 4,000 feet via airway Green 3 to the Omaha Airport. At approximately 04:00, within about 35 miles of Moline, a flash of fire was observed at the left engine. The propeller was feathered and a descent initiated for a nearby airport. The aircraft overshot the landing on runway 22, so the pilot executed a go around. A left turn was flown with gear and flaps extended. The left wing touched the ground and the aircraft cartwheeled. The engine failure was caused by a no. 5 cylinder fracture.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The faulty execution of an emergency single engine approach following failure of the left engine in flight. A contributing factor was the failure of the pilot to exercise sufficient caution by having, a qualified mechanic determine the reasons for oil leakage in the left engine prior to departure from Chicago."

Informationsquelle:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 43)
» CAB File No. 2254-46


Fotos

photo of Douglas-C-47-NC51878
accident date: 21-08-1946
type: Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
registration: NC51878
 
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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