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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 13 July 1947
Time:04:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C (C-47A-40-DL)
Operator:Burke Air Transport
Registration: NC79024
C/n / msn: 9887
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 36
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) SW of Melbourne, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Augusta-Daniel Field, GA (DNL/KDNL), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Narrative:
The DC-3 was on the return flight Newark - Baltimore - Augusta - Miami - San Juan following an 8-hour stopover. While flying at 300-500 feet an engine began to sputter and misfire due to fuel flow problems. Altitude was lost gradually until crash-landing was made in an area of trees and stumps. Crew fatigue was probably a contributing cause because the flight crew had been in the air more than 23 hours out of a period of 37 hours and 45 minutes.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the pilots flying for long periods of time without adequate rest resulting in their inability to remain fully awake and alert."

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 46)
» CAB File No. 1-0071-47


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Distance from Augusta-Daniel Field, GA to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 864 km (540 miles).

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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2509th loss
  • 748th fatal accident
  • 144th worst accident (at the time)
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