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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Thursday 27 March 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-48A (DC-3C )
Operator:Federal Aviation Administration - FAA
Registration: N6
MSN: 4146
First flight: 1941
Total airframe hrs:13901
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Dubois-Jefferson County Airport, PA (DUJ) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Dubois-Jefferson County Airport, PA (DUJ/KDUJ), United States of America
Destination airport:Harrisburg International Airport, PA (MDT/KMDT), United States of America
An inexperienced and unqualified (DC-3) pilot commenced takeoff with a 7 kt tailwind and with an unlocked tail wheel. The aircraft crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of control at take-off because of the inexperience of the unqualified pilot making the take-off and because of the failure of the experienced pilot in the right seat to assume timely control. The accident sequence was initiated by poor judgment of the pilot-in-command in allowing an unqualified pilot to make the take-off and by the Regional Director's assuming the left seat which was contrary to his own operating rules to assure that the aircraft was operated by qualified pilots at their respective duty stations."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 90 days (3 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-75-11
Download report: Final report

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 1 Safety Recommendation

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Distance from Dubois-Jefferson County Airport, PA to Harrisburg International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 209 km (131 miles).

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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