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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 16 July 1971
Time:15:21
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-10-DK (DC-3)
Operator:New England Propeller Service
Registration: N74844
C/n / msn: 26458/15013
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Windsor Locks, CT (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Windsor Locks-Bradley International Airport, CT (BDL/KBDL), United States of America
Destination airport:Beverly Airport, MA (BVY/KBVY), United States of America
Narrative:
Douglas DC-3 N74844 had not been flown for 10 months and was prepared for a ferry flight to Beverly. The pilot for the flight had no current DC-3 type rating; he had last flown a DC-3 in 1967. Shortly after takeoff one engine began to lose power. The pilot decided to return to the airport but the plane stalled and crashed while on final approach.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - water in fuel
pilot in command - failed to obtain/maintain flying speed
FACTORS:
pilot in command - lack of familiarity with aircraft
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 1 engine

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Windsor Locks-Bradley International Airport, CT to Beverly Airport, MA as the crow flies is 161 km (101 miles).

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