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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 1 February 1959
Time:ca 23:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3B-202
Operator:General Airways
Registration: N17314
C/n / msn: 1924
First flight: 1937
Total airframe hrs:49051
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 25
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 28
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) SE of Kerrville Airport, TX (ERV) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pueblo Memorial Airport, CO (PUB/KPUB), United States of America
Destination airport:San Antonio-Lackland AFB, TX, United States of America
Narrative:
The General Airways DC-3 was being used for a Civil Air Movement of military personnel from Boise to Lackland AFB via Pueblo. On the final leg of the flight icing weather conditions were encountered. The accretion of ice on the aircraft became critical and the flight crew attempted to reach Kerrville but ran out of fuel, crash-landed in trees and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's poor judgement in continuing into known and dangerous icing conditions."

Classification:
Icing
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (79-81)


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