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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Status:Definitief
Datum:vrijdag 7 september 1945
Tijd:02:13
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-201G
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Eastern Air Lines
Registratie: NC33631
Constructienummer: 4137
Bouwjaar: 1941
Aantal vlieguren:17532
Motoren: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 19 / inzittenden: 19
Totaal:slachtoffers: 22 / inzittenden: 22
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:10 km (6.3 mijl) ENE of Florence, SC (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Savannah International Airport, GA (SAV/KSAV), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU/KRDU), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer:EA42
Beschrijving:
The aircraft had departed Savannah at 00:41 for a flight to Raleigh. Weather at Raleigh was below minima, so the crew were re-cleared for Washington. No acknowledgement of the message was received. At 02:05, a radio transmission from Flight 42 was intercepted in which it was indicated that the pilot intended to return to Florence and that he desired clearance to land at Florence Army Air Field. It was found out that a fire in the rear had forced the crew to divert. Because of the fire, the passengers moved to the front of the plane. The right elevator caught fire as well, rendering longitudinal control very difficult and probably made the collision with the first of the trees unavoidable. The aircraft crashed in a swampy, wooded area.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Fire of undetermined genesis in the rear cargo compartment or lavatory which resulted in the inability of the pilot to maintain altitude long enough to effect a landing."

Bronnen:
» CAB File No. 2970-45


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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Savannah International Airport, GA en Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC bedraagt 470 km (293 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2082e ongeval
  • 640e dodelijk ongeval
  • 34e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 176e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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