Accident Douglas Dakota C.3 (DC-3) G-AHCW, Saturday 19 February 1949
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Date:Saturday 19 February 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas Dakota C.3 (DC-3)
Owner/operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-AHCW
MSN: 13308
Year of manufacture:1944
Fatalities:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:near Exhall -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:London-Northolt Airport (NHT/EGWU)
Destination airport:Glasgow-Renfrew Airport
The DC-3 was on a VFR flight from London-Northolt to Glasgow-Renfrew and departed London at 09:13. An RAF Avro Anson T.21 (VV243) had taken off from Middleton at 08:09 for a training flight.
Both aircraft collided in mid-air at 4500 feet. Both planes disintegrated and fell to the ground.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was the result of a midair collision. Since neither aircraft took any apparent avoiding action it must be concluded that the pilot of the Anson did not see the Dakota and that the pilots of the Dakota did not see the Anson. This must be attributed to failure on the part of the captain of each aircraft to ensure the maintenance of an effective lookout."



  • 57th worst accident in 1949
  • 563rd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 268th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Mr E.L.Champness, via Graham Pinkney; Jersey-States Airport, Channel Islands (JER/EGJJ) ?; 1946

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