Accident Curtiss Condor 18 NC725K, Monday 21 October 1935
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Date:Monday 21 October 1935
Type:Silhouette image of generic co18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss Condor 18
Owner/operator:Chamberlin Flying Service
Registration: NC725K
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Troy, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Troy Airport, NY
Destination airport:Teterboro Airport, NJ (TEB/KTEB)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Curtiss Condor 18 was destroyed when it crashed near Troy, NY. The captain was killed.
The flight departed Troy, bound for Teterboro. The passengers, two couples, would get married in the air over New York.
Approximately five or six miles out of Troy and at an altitude of 800 to 1000 feet, the left engine began to miss fire and the pilot decided, to return to Troy rather than proceed with one engine. The turn for the return was made to the left and considerable altitude was lost in getting the airplane righted again.
When just east of the airport and at a very low altitude, a shallow turn to the left and into the airport was attempted. While in this turn the left wings struck some trees, throwing the airplane out of control and into the ground. Fire followed immediately.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Poor judgment on the part of the pilot in his handling of the airplane following engine failure."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: Final report
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report


Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Oct 22, 1935


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