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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 20 December 1944
Time:22:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-16066
C/n / msn: 20532
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:9 km (5.6 mls) S of Ironton, MO (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Malden AAF, MO (MAW/KMAW), United States of America
Destination airport:Marion-Williamson County Airport, IL (MWA/KMWA), United States of America
Narrative:
A Douglas C-47 transport plane was destroyed when it crashed after striking a ridge. All five on board were killed.
The airplane was on a navigation mission.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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Distance from Malden AAF, MO to Marion-Williamson County Airport, IL as the crow flies is 154 km (96 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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