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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mercredi 4 novembre 1942
Heure:11:49 CWT
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-209A
Compagnie:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Immatriculation: NC18951
Numéro de série: 2015
Année de Fabrication: 1937
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de Kansas City, MO (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Entrainement
Aéroport de départ:Kansas City Municipal Airport, MO (MKC/KMKC), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Kansas City Municipal Airport, MO (MKC/KMKC), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
A USAAF Douglas C-53 military transport aircraft (41-20116, msn 4886) had been dispatched from Indianapolis-Stout Field, Indiana, USA to Wichita, Kansas, on an instrument flight plan. The aircraft took off at 09:03.
At 11:44 hours, as the aircraft was approaching the Kansas City Radio Range, a TWA Douglas DC-3 (NC18951, msn 2015) took off from Kansas City Airport. The TWA aircraft climbed into the overcast at 3000 feet until a collision occurred. The DC-3 fell nose down to the left. The aircraft was barely controllable and descended in a tight left spiral. The flight crew managed to reduce airspeed to 60 mph before it struck several small trees. The aircraft swung and came to rest. Both pilots survived the accident.
The C-53 banked left after the collision, but the pilot regained partial control. Part of the right wing was missing. The flight crew made wide turn and landed safely at Kansas City Municipal Airport, Missouri.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Error of judgement of the Kansas City Air Traffic Control operator in clearing the TWA DC3 to climb into the overcast, within the limits of a civil airway, when he had the knowledge of the expected arrival, in the immediate vicinity of, the Army C-53."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 2427-42


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