Accident Douglas DC-2-112 NC13722, Saturday 3 August 1935
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Date:Saturday 3 August 1935
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-2-112
Owner/operator:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Registration: NC13722
MSN: 1248
Year of manufacture:1934
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:48 km E of Albuquerque, NM -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Albuquerque Municipal Airport, NM (ABQ/KABQ)
Destination airport:Amarillo-Air Terminal, TX (AMA/KAMA)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
TWA flight 6 was a scheduled service from Los Angeles, CA to Newark, NJ with en route stops at Albuquerque, NM; Amarillo, TX, Kansas City, MO; Columbus, NC and Pittsburgh, PA.
After refueling at Albuquerque, Flight 6 took off at 12:31 a.m. After climbing to 9300 feet, the pilot switched from the emergency tank of 87 octane fuel to the left main tank of 80 octane fuel used for cruising.
Shortly after this, while at an altitude of 9500 feet, the left engine stopped and immediately after, the right engine stopped. The pilot immediately changed back to the emergency tank and with the assistance of the copilot attempted to get the engines started again.
Altitude was lost in the process and a forced landing had to be carried out. The airplane landed on rocky soil with a dense growth of scrub pine trees.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "It is the opinion of the Accident Board that the probable cause of this accident was an abnormal amount of water in the left main fuel tank of the aircraft due to accidental entry of water into an underground fuel storage tank.
The manner in which water got into this underground tank was very unusual and immediate steps were taken on all air lines to prevent a recurrence."

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


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