Accident Douglas C-53-DO (DC-3) 53, Thursday 11 March 1943
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Date:Thursday 11 March 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-53-DO (DC-3)
Owner/operator:China National Aviation Corporation - CNAC
Registration: 53
MSN: 4904
Year of manufacture:1942
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:near Luishui -   China
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield (KMG/ZPPP)
Destination airport:Assam
CNAC's Douglas C-53 "53" departed Kunming for a supply run over the Himalayas together with three other aircraft. It was snowing and there was a solid overcast at 10,500 feet which had violent turbulence and severe icing. Because of those dangerous conditions, the pilots stayed underneath the clouds and flew the passes. As they went through the lowest pass, a sudden down-draft forced the pilots to apply full power and for maximum climb. For #53, it was too late. The plane's propellers started cutting the tops of the trees and the plane crashed just short of the border with Burma.


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