Accident Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3) N51359, Tuesday 15 June 1954
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Date:Tuesday 15 June 1954
Time:17:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Delta Air Lines
Registration: N51359
MSN: 13759
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Atlanta, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Atlanta (unknown airport), GA
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: CAB
Narrative:
Light rain was encountered when the aircraft climbed through 200-250 feet after takeoff. Power was reduced to 35" manifold pressure; the aircraft then suddenly lost airspeed rapidly. Full power was applied and the nose lowered to gain airspeed. The speed dropped to 60 knots and the aircraft struck he ground as a result.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A rapid loss of airspeed immediately following takeoff caused by unexpected, strong gusts or divergent winds accompanying a local rain shower."

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report

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