Accident Douglas DC-3-277C NC15592, Monday 10 March 1941
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Date:Monday 10 March 1941
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3-277C
Owner/operator:American Airlines
Registration: NC15592
MSN: 2248
Year of manufacture:1940
Engine model:Wright R-1820-G102
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Cincinnati Municipal Airport, OH (LUK) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Chicago Municipal Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW)
Destination airport:Cincinnati Municipal Airport, OH (LUK/KLUK)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
American Airlines Trip 20 departed Chicago Municipal Airport, IL on a flight to Washington, DC. The first intermediate stop was Cincinnati Municipal Airport, OH.
An unexpected acceleration of a low pressure system resulted in the arrival of a storm front at Cincinnati coincidentally with the arrival of Trip 20 with resulting turbulence below 3000 feet, violent rain squalls and a ceiling of 1300 feet.
When attempting to land on runway 6, the airplane ballooned after entering a sudden squall. The captain continued the landing and the aircraft contacted the ground to the left of the runway and rolled into a levee.

The error in judgment on the part of the pilot in continuing an attempt to land during a period of restricted visibility from the cockpit due to heavy precipitation. A substantial factor, increasing the pilots difficulties and the liability of error in judgment, was the inadequacy of the system of runway lighting on Lunken Airport, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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



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