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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:
Date:Saturday 14 March 1942
Time:ca 21:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-2-221
Operator:China National Aviation Corporation - CNAC
Registration: 31
C/n / msn: 1567
First flight: 1937
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) from Kunming Airport (KMG) (   China)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield (KMG/ZPPP), China
Destination airport:Chongqing-Jiangbei International Airport (CKG/ZUCK), China
Narrative:
"Chungshan" crashed 2 km from Kunming Airport shortly after takeoff. Three crew (pilot William H. Schuler, co-pilot Emil Silvan "Scotty" Scott (31), radio operator) and ten passengers killed. Four passengers survived.
PROBABLE CAUSE: overload...soft wet airfield...engine trouble

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» cnac.org


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Distance from Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield to Chongqing-Jiangbei International Airport as the crow flies is 647 km (405 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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