Accident Douglas C-47A-50-DL (DC-3) NC79025, Sunday 2 January 1949
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Date:Sunday 2 January 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-50-DL (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Seattle Air Charter
Registration: NC79025
MSN: 10181
Year of manufacture:1943
Total airframe hrs:5419 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 30
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Seattle-Boeing Field International Airport, WA (BFI) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Seattle-Boeing Field International Airport, WA (BFI/KBFI)
Destination airport:New Haven-Tweed Airport, CT (HVN/KHVN)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Departure from Seattle was delayed due to ground fog. De-icing attempts were partially successful as the plane was prepared for departure. Although visibility was below minima, clearance was given for takeoff. At 1800 feet into the takeoff roll the DC-3 became airborne. The left wing then struck the ground and dragged for 117 feet. The DC-3 landed back outside the runway and continued until striking a hangar, bursting into flames.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the attempt to take off in an airplane which had formations of ice and frost on the surfaces of the wings."

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


Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 48)
CAB File No. 1-0002


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