Accident Douglas C-47J (DC-3) 0-50781, Thursday 8 March 1973
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Date:Thursday 8 March 1973
Time:09:10
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
Category:Accident
Location:Silk Hope, NC -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fort Bragg-Simmons AAF, NC (FBG/KFBG)
Destination airport:Fort Bragg-Simmons AAF, NC (FBG/KFBG)
Narrative:
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.

Sources:

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

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