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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 12 January 1947
Time:01:38
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-49-DO (DC-3)
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: NC88872
C/n / msn: 3274
First flight: 1941
Total airframe hrs:7680
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Galax, VA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH (CAK/KCAK), United States of America
Destination airport:Winston-Salem-Smith-Reynolds Airport, NC (INT/KINT), United States of America
Flightnumber:EA665
Narrative:
Against standard company procedure the flight continued direct to Winston-Salem instead of via the Greensboro range. A let-down was started without definitely establishing the position of the aircraft in relation to the Winston-Salem radio station. The DC-3 flew into the ground in rugged country 63 miles NW of Winston-Salem at an altitude of about 2500 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The action of the pilot in attempting a let-down without having positively determined the position of the aircraft. A contributing factor was the erroneous navigation of the pilot which on at least two occasions led him to believe that he was farther south than he actually was"

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 45)
» CAB File No. 1-0005-47


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Distance from Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH to Winston-Salem-Smith-Reynolds Airport, NC as the crow flies is 539 km (337 miles).

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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2429th loss
  • 717th fatal accident
  • 103rd worst accident (at the time)
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