Accident Douglas C-47J (DC-3) 0-50781, Thursday 8 March 1973
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Date:Thursday 8 March 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47J (DC-3)
Owner/operator:United States Army
Registration: 0-50781
MSN: 26398/14953
Year of manufacture:1944
Fatalities:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Silk Hope, NC -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Fort Bragg-Simmons AAF, NC (FBG/KFBG)
Destination airport:Fort Bragg-Simmons AAF, NC (FBG/KFBG)
The C-47 crashed into a corn field one hour after departure. The accident killed all on board, including 11 members of the United States Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, a flight crew of two, and a crew chief.
Cause of the crash was determined to be overloaded - due to the fact a heavy metal plating floor had been added in Vietnam but not entered in the log book. The aircraft was also flying in poor weather conditions.


In Remembrance "Friends and Teammates Lost in the C-47"
281st Assault Helicopter Company Remembrance page

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