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Accident description
Last updated: 24 June 2018
Date:Tuesday 31 December 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:Century Equipment
Registration: N711Y
C/n / msn: 13658
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-75
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:De Kalb, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Guntersville-Municipal Airport, AL, United States of America
Destination airport:Dallas-Love Field, TX (DAL/KDAL), United States of America
In-flight fire in cabin under floor; crashed during emergency landing in a field. This accident killed singer actor Ricky Nelson.

Probable Cause:

"Fuselage, cabin .. fire
Reason for occurrence undetermined
Fuselage,cabin .. smoke
Fuselage,crew compartment .. smoke
Emergency procedure .. not followed .. pilot in command
Checklist .. not used
Oxygen system .. not used
Object .. wire,transmission
Object .. utility pole
Terrain condition .. tree(s)

» ICAO Adrep Summary 4/88 (#29)
» NTSB/AAR-87/02/SUM


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Distance from Guntersville-Municipal Airport, AL to Dallas-Love Field, TX as the crow flies is 988 km (617 miles).

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