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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 18 January 1946
Time:11:03
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-201E
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: NC19970
C/n / msn: 3254
First flight: 1940
Total airframe hrs:22028
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Cheshire, CT (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America
Destination airport:Boston Commonwealth Airport, MA (BOS/KBOS), United States of America
Flightnumber:EA105
Narrative:
Just over half an hour after takeoff, a no. 1 engine nacelle fire started and spread, causing the left wing to collapse upward and backward. Control was lost and the aircraft spiralled to the ground. The engine fire was caused by the failure of fuel line of fuel line connection.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was failure of the left wing in flight due to an engine fire caused by failure of a fuel line of fuel line connection."

Classification:

Wing failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» CAB File No. 144-46


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Distance from New York-La Guardia Airport, NY to Boston Commonwealth Airport, MA as the crow flies is 295 km (184 miles).

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Douglas DC-3

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  • 2226th loss
  • 647th fatal accident
  • 89th worst accident (at the time)
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