Accident Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3) 41-18566, Monday 27 September 1943
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Date:Monday 27 September 1943
Time:07:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-18566
MSN: 4691
Year of manufacture:1942
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:18 km SW of Fort Benning-Lawson AAF, GA (LSF) -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fort Benning-Lawson AAF, GA (LSF/KLSF)
Destination airport:Fort Benning-Lawson AAF, GA (LSF/KLSF)
Narrative:
While at an altitude of 5000 feet, the no. 1 propeller assembly failed and separated. The vibration caused the entire engine to shake itself free. After separation of the engine, structure of the wing was weakened to such an extent that it also separated. The airplane went into a spin and broke up in flames.

Sources:

Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles

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