Accident Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3A) NC53210, Thursday 6 January 1949
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Date:Thursday 6 January 1949
Time:07:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3A)
Owner/operator:Coastal Cargo
Registration: NC53210
MSN: 13777
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-43-90D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Brandywine, MD -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU/KRDU)
Destination airport:Boston Commonwealth Airport, MA (BOS/KBOS)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The DC-3 lost control in icing conditions and entered a left spin. The crew managed to regain partial control before entering another left spin. The aircraft then crashed in in a diving left turn. It appeared the pilot probably lost control due to icing. Severe air loads encountered during the spin or attempted recovery caused the failure of both horizontal stabilizer and elevators.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the loss of control of the aircraft which resulted from an icing condition, turbulence, and lack of alertness on the part of the crew. As a result, the aircraft spun, and during the spins, or attempted recovery from the spins, severe airloads were encountered which failed the left horizontal stabilizer and the elevators."

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

Sources:

CAB File No: 1-0034

Revision history:

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