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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Datum:Dienstag 18 Oktober 1938
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-2-112
Fluggesellschaft:Eastern Air Lines
Kennzeichen: NC13735
Werknummer: 1261
Baujahr: 1934
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-F2B Cyclone
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 11
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 14
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Montgomery Municipal Airport, AL (GUN) (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Montgomery Municipal Airport, AL (GUN), USA
Flug nach:Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), USA
Flugnummer: 2
The takeoff and climb from Montgomery Airport were normal until shortly after the gear was raised, when vibration set in from the right engine, of such intensity as to result in the engine being throttled.
A fire erupted in the engine and progressed into the center section and the cockpit, destroying the aircraft after an emergency landing had been effected.
The aircraft operated on a flight from San Antonio, TX to Newark, NJ with en route stops at Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, Montgomery, Atlanta, Spartanburg, Charlotte, Greenboro, Richmond, Washington, Baltimore and Camden (PHL).

Probable Cause:

Fire in the right engine nacelle, resulting from progressive failure of engine parts, which increased in area and intensity to such an extent as to make it impossible to continue the aircraft in flight.


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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 Montgomery Municipal Airport, AL to Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA as the crow flies is 217 km (136 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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