Accident Douglas C-47A-20-DL (DC-3) NC79042, Saturday 12 June 1948
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Date:Saturday 12 June 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-20-DL (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Eagle Air Freight
Registration: NC79042
MSN: 9394
Year of manufacture:1943
Total airframe hrs:4823 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Eloy, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR)
Destination airport:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A no. 1 engine fire forced the crew to cut the fuel flow, fire the CO2 bottles and feather the propeller. It was then decided to make an emergency landing at Tucson. When the no. 1 engine separated from the wing however, the crew headed for a private airport at Eloy. They didn't make it to Eloy Airport and had to crash-land the plane in a stubble field. Investigation revealed that the captain was asleep at the time of the fire discovery and that he failed to follow correct emergency procedures. Also, maintenance at Eagle Air Fright was substandard.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was fire in flight which resulted in the loss of the left engine, and required a crash landing. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Contributing factors were the failure of the pilot to remain fully awake at all times, and failure to follow correct emergency procedures."

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


CAB File No. 1-0079

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