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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mercredi 21 août 1946
Heure:04:19
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Compagnie:Trans-Luxury Airlines
Immatriculation: NC51878
Numéro de série: 4542
Année de Fabrication: 1942
Heures de vol:4121
Moteurs: 2 Wright R-1820-92
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 22
Total:victimes: 2 / à bord: 25
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de Moline, IL (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Charter National
Aéroport de départ:Chicago (unknown airport), IL, Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Omaha-Eppley Airfield, NE (OMA/KOMA), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
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."

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


Photos

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