ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-3-178 NC16014 Trammel, KY
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 28 July 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-178
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: NC16014
MSN: 1552
First flight: 1936
Total airframe hrs:17991
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-G102
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 22
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) W of Trammel, KY (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Louisville-Bowman Field, KY (LOU/KLOU), United States of America
Destination airport:Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN (BNA/KBNA), United States of America
Flight 63 originated at and left Cleveland about 17:42.The flight was cleared to Memphis with intermediate stops scheduled at Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville and Nashville. The DC-3, named "Flagship Ohio", arrived at Louisville at 21:42. It was refueled and cleared to take off at 21:54 to fly at 2500 feet to Smiths Grove, Kentucky at 2500 feet and continue to Nashville at 2000 feet with estimated time of arrival at Nashville of 22:54. Near Smiths Grove, in an area with rolling terrain, varying in altitude from 695 to 720 feet above sea level, the plane descended until it contacted trees. The airplane continued through another small clump of trees, then across an open field and stopped in an upright position among several larger trees, about 1000 feet beyond the point of first impact.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of control of the aircraft due to unusually severe turbulence and violent downdraft caused by a thunderstorm of unknown and unpredictable intensity."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 269 days (9 months)
Accident number: File No. 3525-43
Download report: Final report

Loss of control

» CAB File No. 3525-43


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Distance from Louisville-Bowman Field, KY to Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN as the crow flies is 249 km (156 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 290th loss
  • 100th fatal accident
  • 7th worst accident (at the time)
  • 226th worst accident (currently)
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