ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3) 42-100493 Sanford, NC
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Date:Wednesday 29 March 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-100493
MSN: 18956
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:14 km (8.8 mls) W of Sanford, NC (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Fayetteville-Pope AAF, NC (POB/KPOB), United States of America
Destination airport:Raleigh/Durham AAF, NC (RDU/KRDU), United States of America
The C-47A departed Pope Field on a training flight to Raleigh and Greensboro. It climbed to an altitude of 5000 feet and headed for Raleigh in instrument conditions. En route it experienced electrical problems. The auxiliary generator could no longer be used and the pitot tube heating failed. The pitot tube iced up, causing the airspeed indicator to give erroneous readings. The pilot attempted to descend below the overcast in order to return to Pope in visual conditions. The airplane flew into rising terrain just as it broke through the clouds.

Electrical system problem
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» 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 Fayetteville-Pope AAF, NC to Raleigh/Durham AAF, NC as the crow flies is 81 km (50 miles).

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