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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 11 December 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-28-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-76366
C/n / msn: 32698/15950
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Memphis, TN (   United States of America)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:El Paso-Biggs AAF, TX (BIF/KBIF), United States of America
Destination airport:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-47 entered an uncontrolled spiral descent and crashed.

Sources:
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher


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Distance from El Paso-Biggs AAF, TX to Memphis Municipal Airport, TN as the crow flies is 1551 km (969 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2536th loss
  • 763rd fatal accident
  • 81st worst accident (at the time)
  • 223rd worst accident (currently)
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