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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 2 January 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-15273
C/n / msn: 19739
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) S of Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU) (   United States of America)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Newburgh-Stewart Air Force Base, NY (SWF/KSWF), United States of America
Destination airport:Fayetteville-Pope AFB, NC (POB/KPOB), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-47A transport plane departed from Stewart Air Force Base, in Newburg, NY, to Donaldson Air Force Base, in Greenville, S.C, on a routine training flight with a stop at Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville. They attempted a landing a Pope, but low visibility forced the crew to divert to Raleigh-Durham, where visibility was about a one-quarter of a mile with rain.
The aircraft crashed in Crabtree Park while attempting a landing at Raleigh-Durham Airport.

Sources:
» Fatal & Notable Air Accidents Around Raleigh/RDU
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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Distance from Newburgh-Stewart Air Force Base, NY to Fayetteville-Pope AFB, NC as the crow flies is 818 km (511 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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