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Date:Sunday 17 May 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DST-318 (DC-3)
Operator:Delta Air Lines
Registration: N28345
MSN: 2224
First flight: 1940
Total airframe hrs:39000
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:21 km (13.1 mls) E of Marshall, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Dallas-Love Field, TX (DAL/KDAL), United States of America
Destination airport:Shreveport-Greater Shreveport Municipal Airport, LA (SHV/KSHV), United States of America
Flight 318 departed Dallas on a VFR Flight Plan at 13:10 for Atlanta, with a scheduled stop at Shreveport. En route to Shreveport the crew were warned about thunderstorms in the area of Longview. At about 14:12 Flight 318 called the Shreveport Control Tower, which cleared it to make a right-hard turn for landing approach to runway 13. Flight 318 acknowledged this message and requested the Shreveport weather which was transmitted as dark scattered clouds at 1,000 feet, ceiling estimated 4,000 feet, overcast at 20,000 feet, visibility 10 miles, thunderstorm, light rain shower. The tower also advised of a thunderstorm approximately 15 miles west of Shreveport. This transmission also was acknowledged by the flight. The thunderstorm was entered at an altitude of 2500 feet, and with no apparent attempt to change course. The very intense localized thunderstorm was accompanied by frequent cloud-to-ground lightning, hail, heavy rain, turbulence, and high winds. The flight was forced to the ground. It struck the trees while in a shallow angle of descent. It continued ahead, cutting a swath through trees for a distance of approximately 500 feet, struck the ground, skidded, and came to rest in a mess of wreckage 870 feet from the point of initial contact with the trees. The aircraft partially burned following impact.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) The encountering of conditions in a severe thunderstorm that resulted in loss of effective control of the aircraft, and 2) The failure of the captain to adhere to company directives requiring the avoidance of thunderstorms when conditions would allow such action."

Loss of control

» CAB File No. 1-0030
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (76-79)


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Distance from Dallas-Love Field, TX to Shreveport-Greater Shreveport Municipal Airport, LA as the crow flies is 285 km (178 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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Douglas DC-3

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  • 3129th loss
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