Mid-air collision Accident Douglas C-49J (DC-3-454) NC19939, Wednesday 26 September 1945
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Date:Wednesday 26 September 1945
Time:13:17
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-49J (DC-3-454)
Owner/operator:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Registration: NC19939
MSN: 4992
Year of manufacture:1942
Total airframe hrs:8000 hours
Engine model:Wright R-1820-G202A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Category:Accident
Location:11 km SW Chicago-Municipal Airport, IL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Chicago Municipal Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW)
Destination airport:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC/KMKC)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
TWA Flight 47 departed Chicago at 13:12. The DC-3 had just reached its assigned 2000 feet altitude when it collided with a Boeing A75N1 training aircraft (NC51445). The upper right wing of the Boeing was destroyed by the right wing of the airliner and the Boeing fell almost vertically to the ground. Both occupants were killed. Despite extensive damage to the leading edge of its right wing the DC-3 was landed at the Chicago Municipal Airport without further damage and without injury to either occupant.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Upon the basis of the foregoing thy Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was lack of vigilance on the part of the pilots of both aircraft. Reduced horizontal visibility may have been a contributing factor."

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. 3283-45

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