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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 8 February 1944
Time:17:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-100873
C/n / msn: 19336
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:13 km (8.1 mls) W of Linton, TN (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fort Wayne Municipal Airport/Baer Field, IN (FWA/KFWA), United States of America
Destination airport:Atlanta-Candler Field, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-47A operated on a ferry flight from Baer Field to Atlanta. Weather at Atlanta had deteriorated and the crew were not able to land there. They diverted to Nashville, TN. The pilot was unable to find the airport and only had fuel left for about 45 minutes. After losing contact with the air traffic controller at Nashville, the pilot ordered the other crew members to secure their parachutes and prepare to bail out. Meanwhile he descended through clouds. The C-47 broke through the clouds and contacted terrain. The pilot pulled up abruptly but stalled the plane.
It fell off on a wing and struck the ground at a steep angle.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles


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Distance from Fort Wayne Municipal Airport/Baer Field, IN to Atlanta-Candler Field, GA as the crow flies is 813 km (508 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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