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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Date:Sunday 2 January 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-50-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Seattle Air Charter
Registration: NC79025
MSN: 10181
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:5419
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90D
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 30
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Seattle-Boeing Field International Airport, WA (BFI) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Seattle-Boeing Field International Airport, WA (BFI/KBFI), United States of America
Destination airport:New Haven Airport, CT (HVN/KHVN), United States of America
Departure from Seattle was delayed due to ground fog. De-icing attempts were partially successful as the plane was prepared for departure. Although visibility was below minima, clearance was given for takeoff. At 1800 feet into the takeoff roll the DC-3 became airborne. The left wing then struck the ground and dragged for 117 feet. The DC-3 landed back outside the runway and continued until striking a hangar, bursting into flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the attempt to take off in an airplane which had formations of ice and frost on the surfaces of the wings."

Loss of control

» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 48)
» CAB File No. 1-0002


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Distance from Seattle-Boeing Field International Airport, WA to New Haven Airport, CT as the crow flies is 3891 km (2432 miles).

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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2707th loss
  • 905th fatal accident
  • 173rd worst accident (at the time)
  • 382nd worst accident (currently)
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