Accident Douglas DC-3A-367 NC33621, Wednesday 24 April 1946
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Date:Wednesday 24 April 1946
Time:01:57
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3A-367
Owner/operator:Western Air Lines
Registration: NC33621
MSN: 3286
Year of manufacture:1941
Total airframe hrs:13354 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:3 km NW of Hollywood, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR)
Destination airport:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The DC-3 departed Hollywood at night for a test flight following an engine change. After reporting an engine failure the pilot tried to return to the airport. In conditions of ground fog the aircraft approached too high. While maneuvering for another approach the DC-3 struck eucalyptus trees, crashed and burst into flames in the yard of 11723 Lorne Street, North Hollywood. Excessive oil accumulation in the no. 8 cylinder on the no. 1 engine forced the crew to shut it down.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The action of the pilot in descending to an excessively low altitude in an attempt to remain contact after encountering ground fog during an approach for an emergency landing. A contributing factor was failure of the left engine due to excessive oil accumulation in the No. 8 cylinder prior to starting the engine. A further contributing factor was the failure of maintenance personnel to take proper precaution for drainage of oil accumulation prior to starting the engine."

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. 872-46

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