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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 26 March 1939
Time:02:48
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-2-112
Operator:Braniff International Airways
Registration: NC13727
C/n / msn: 1253
First flight: 1934
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-F2A Cyclone
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Oklahoma City Municipal Air Terminal, OK (OKC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Oklahoma City Municipal Air Terminal, OK (OKC/KOKC), United States of America
Destination airport:Dallas-Love Field, TX (DAL/KDAL), United States of America
Flightnumber: 1
Narrative:
Engine cylinder blew out just after takeoff; lost control and crashed while trying to return to the airport. Three crew members (Capt Claude Seaton) and nine passengers were on board. The hostess Miss Louise Zarr and seven passengers died.

The aircraft operated on a flight from Chicago, IL to Dallas, TX via Kansas City, KS, Wichita, KS and Oklahoma City, OK.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
A stall, induced by a violent yaw, resulting in loss of control from which the pilot was unable to recover.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Oklahoma Wreckchasing


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Distance from Oklahoma City Municipal Air Terminal, OK to Dallas-Love Field, TX as the crow flies is 289 km (181 miles).

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