Accident Douglas C-54-DO (DC-4) NC88842, Friday 13 June 1947
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Date:Friday 13 June 1947
Time:18:16
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-54-DO (DC-4)
Owner/operator:Pennsylvania-Central Airlines
Registration: NC88842
MSN: 3112
Year of manufacture:1942
Total airframe hrs:8038 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7
Fatalities:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:13 km SE of Charles Town, WV -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Pittsburgh (unknown airport), PA
Destination airport:Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
Flight 410 departed Chicago, at 13:52 on an instrument flight plan with destination Norfolk and with stops scheduled at Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Washington. The flight departed Pittsburgh at 17:24 proceeded to Washington at 7,000 feet. At 18:03 the plane started its descent into Washington. While descending, the plane struck a ridge named Lookout Rock in the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of approximately 1,425 feet

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board finds that the probable cause of this accident was the action of the pilot in descending below the minimum en route altitude under conditions of weather which prevented adequate visual reference to the ground. A contributing cause was the faulty clearance given by Airway Traffic Control, tacitly approved by the company dispatcher, and accepted by Flight 410."

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. 1-0066-47

Statistics

  • 4th worst accident in 1947
  • 19th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 3rd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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