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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 24 May 1953
Time:04:18
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3C)
Operator:Meteor Air Transport
Registration: N53596
C/n / msn: 20433
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:10923
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Teterboro Airport, NJ (TEB/KTEB), United States of America
Destination airport:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL), United States of America
Narrative:
Despite the weather, the crew started a circling approach after passing the outer marker. During the circle approach, the no. 2 engine quit due to fuel mismanagement. Control was lost during a left turn and the DC-3 struck the ground. According to some production lists the airplane was repaired. This seems somewhat unlikely since the CAB reported the plane to be 'demolished' as a result of the accident.
The tail section remained more or less intact and may have been used in rebuilding a DC-3 as reported in the production lists.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Mismanagement of fuel resulting in loss of power and control while circling the field preparatory to an approach for landing."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 1-0029
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (84-88)


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Distance from Teterboro Airport, NJ to Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO as the crow flies is 1400 km (875 miles).

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