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Accident description
Last updated: 11 December 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 17 December 1943
Time:ca 07:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-30719
C/n / msn: 13870
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Knocknapeasta, Co. Kerry (   Ireland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Port Lyautey NAS (NNA/GMMY), Morocco
Destination airport:St Eval RAF Station, United Kingdom
Narrative:
Flew into a 988 m-high mountain called Cnoc na Péiste (a.k.a. Knocknapeasta) in Macgillycuddy's Reeks.
The crew failed to change course off Cape Finnestere in Northern Portugal. The crew reached the Irish coastline, likely assuming it to be South West Cornwall. Descent was continued until it impacted a ridge at the 610 m level of the mountain.

Classification:
Navigational error
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Foreign Aircraft Landings in Ireland 1939 - 1946
» 1943 Crash of USAAF "Dakota" on Cnoc na Péiste…


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Port Lyautey NAS to St Eval RAF Station as the crow flies is 1792 km (1120 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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