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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Sunday 2 July 1944
Time:21:10
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: 42-100492
C/n / msn: 18955
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) E of Syracuse Municipal Airport, NY (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Syracuse AAF, NY (SYR/KSYR), United States of America
Destination airport:Wheeler-Sack AAF, NY (KGTB), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-47 departed Syracuse AAF for a training flight to Sack Field where it was to practice takeoffs and landings. Instead the plane flew to the Syracuse Municipal Airport. After three or four touch-and-go landings on runway 27, the pilot flew a steep left turn from base leg to final approach. It fell off on a wing, contacted trees and powerlines and crashed into flames.

Classification:
Loss of control

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 Syracuse AAF, NY to Wheeler-Sack AAF, NY as the crow flies is 109 km (68 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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