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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 22 December 1954
Time:23:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3C)
Operator:Johnson Flying Service
Registration: N24320
C/n / msn: 20197
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:5738
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3-G
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 28
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) SE of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Airport, PA (AGC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Destination airport:Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Airport, PA (AGC/KAGC), United States of America
Flightnumber:4844C
Narrative:
Ditched in Monongahela River following fuel exhaustion. The aircraft was on a civil air movement flight of military personnel to Tacoma. The airplane was repaired.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Fuel exhaustion brought about by inadequate flight planning. Contributing factors were inadequate crew supervision and training."

Classification:
Fuel starvation
Ditching

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (205-210)
» The Pittsburgh Press - Dec 23, 1954


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N24320 was repaired following the 1954 accident and continued to fly until the 1990ies
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Newark International Airport, NJ to Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Airport, PA as the crow flies is 485 km (303 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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