Accident Douglas DC-3-178 NC16014, Wednesday 28 July 1943
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Date:Wednesday 28 July 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3-178
Owner/operator:American Airlines
Registration: NC16014
MSN: 1552
Year of manufacture:1936
Total airframe hrs:17991 hours
Engine model:Wright R-1820-G102
Fatalities:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 22
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:1,6 km W of Trammel, KY -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Louisville-Bowman Field, KY (LOU/KLOU)
Destination airport:Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN (BNA/KBNA)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Flight 63 originated at and left Cleveland about 17:42.The flight was cleared to Memphis with intermediate stops scheduled at Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville and Nashville. The DC-3, named "Flagship Ohio", arrived at Louisville at 21:42. It was refueled and cleared to take off at 21:54 to fly at 2500 feet to Smiths Grove, Kentucky at 2500 feet and continue to Nashville at 2000 feet with estimated time of arrival at Nashville of 22:54. Near Smiths Grove, in an area with rolling terrain, varying in altitude from 695 to 720 feet above sea level, the plane descended until it contacted trees. The airplane continued through another small clump of trees, then across an open field and stopped in an upright position among several larger trees, about 1000 feet beyond the point of first impact.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of control of the aircraft due to unusually severe turbulence and violent downdraft caused by a thunderstorm of unknown and unpredictable intensity."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: File No. 3525-43
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report


CAB File No. 3525-43


  • 35th worst accident in 1943
  • 247th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 11th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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