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Last updated: 30 July 2021
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Datum:zaterdag 12 augustus 1944
Tijd:12:56
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-85-DL (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registratie: 43-15598
Constructienummer: 20064
Bouwjaar: 1944
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 24
Totaal:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 27
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Chickasha Municipal Airport, OK (CHK/KCHK), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
During takeoff from Memphis Municipal Airport the copilot mistook the captains hand gesture for a command to raise the undercarriage. The engineer immediately tried to pull the landing gear lever to the neutral position, but the airplane already banked left because of the left hand main gear had started to retract. The no. 1 propeller struck the runway, causing one of the blades to separate. The blade cut through the fuselage near the flight deck, causing considerable damage. A fire erupted due to ruptured hydraulic lines and shorted electrical circuits. It came to rest off the side of the runway. All on board, except for the captain, got out safely.

Bronnen:
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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De afstand tussen Memphis Municipal Airport, TN en Chickasha Municipal Airport, OK bedraagt 722 km (451 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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