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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 28 December 1946
Time:09:19
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-50A-DO (DC-3)
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: NC15577
C/n / msn: 4805
First flight: 1941
Total airframe hrs:11920
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-G102
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Michigan City, IN (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Detroit (unknown airport), MI, United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago (unknown airport), IL, United States of America
Flightnumber:AA2207
Narrative:
DC-3 NC15577 departed Michigan at 07:48, about six minutes behind schedule on an instrument flight plan to cruise at 2,500 feet to Chicago. At 08:40 the flight was instructed by Chicago ARTCC to climb to 4,000 feet, which altitude it was supposed to stay at until 10 minutes past South Bend. At 09:18 the pilot reported: "Both engines going bad descending at 1,000 feet per minute looking for opening. Altitude is at present 900 feet." Chicago suggested to return to South Bend, but the DC-3 could not make it and crash-landed near Michigan City.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accumulation of carburetor ice following the loss of power in both engines as a result of fuel starvation. The reason for fuel starvation could not be determined."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 5566-46


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