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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Saturday 11 August 1984
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3C)
Operator:Aviation Enterprises
Registration: N70003
MSN: 12938
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:11247
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Memphis, TN (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America
Shortly after takeoff engine problems forced the crew to feather the no. 1 engine. While flying at approx. 100-150 feet some utility poles were hit. The DC-3 then crashed through the roof of a warehouse, killing all 3 on board. The no. 1 engine problems were caused by a missing spark plug in the no.14 cylinder.

Probable Cause:

Ignition system, spark plug .. loose
Light condition .. dark night
Maintenance .. improper .. company maintenance personnel
Object .. utility pole
Object .. building(nonresidential)
Ignition system, spark plug .. separation"

» NTSB id ATL84F51


photo of Douglas-C-47A-N70003
accident date: 11-08-1984
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: N70003

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Memphis International Airport, TN to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL as the crow flies is 787 km (492 miles).

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