ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-3C NC49657 Columbus, GA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 22 April 1947
Time:10:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:Delta Air Lines
Registration: NC49657
MSN: 9066
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:2899
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Columbus, GA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Macon (unknown airport), GA, United States of America
Destination airport:Columbus-Muscogee Airport, GA, United States of America
Narrative:
While on approach to runway 05, a private aircraft (a Vultee BT-13, registered NC55312 and owned by the Tuskegee Aviation Institute) landed on top of the DC-3. Both aircraft climbed from 10 feet to 150 feet because the DC-3's tail was forced down by the BT-13, and the pilot had applied power. Both aircraft crashed and burned.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the pilot in the BT-13 to fly a standard left hand pattern in his approach to the airport and to Keep a diligent lookout for other traffic."

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 46)
» CAB Accident Investigation Report


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photo of Douglas-DC-3C-NC49657
accident date: 22-04-1947
type: Douglas DC-3C (C-47-DL)
registration: NC49657
 
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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