Accident Douglas DC-3-277A NC21767, Thursday 10 February 1944
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Date:Thursday 10 February 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3-277A
Owner/operator:American Airlines
Registration: NC21767
MSN: 2166
Year of manufacture:1939
Total airframe hrs:12446 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:29 km SW of Memphis Airport, TN -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Little Rock National Airport, AR (LIT/KLIT)
Destination airport:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The DC-3 struck the Mississippi River in an angle of descent of about 20 degrees with the right wing slightly low.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board is unable to determine the probable cause of this accident upon the available evidence which has been collected in the present investigation. Search for further information will continue and in the event that additional significant evidence is obtained a supplemental report will be issued."

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


CAB File No. 523-44


  • 20th worst accident in 1944
  • 141st worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 10th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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