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Last updated: 19 October 2021
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Sonntag 25 August 1946
Zeit:22:10
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:American Airlines
Kennzeichen: NC88826
Werknummer: 19776
Baujahr: 1944
Betriebsstunden:3462
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:8 km (5 Meilen) WSW of Ashland, MS (   USA)
Flugphase: Manövrieren (MNV)
Betriebsart:Ausbildungsflug
Flug von:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), USA
Flug nach:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), USA
Flugnummer:AA26
Unfallbericht:
The DC-3, named "Flagship Tulsa" was scheduled for a routine training flight of approximately three hours duration in the Memphis area at an altitude of 4,000 feet. The aircraft departed Memphis Municipal Airport at 21:10. Nothing more was heard from the flight. It appeared that the DC-3 had crashed into the ground at high speed and in an extremely nose-low attitude. As a result of the investigation of this accident, it appears that the aircraft, for reasons not determined, entered an unusual attitude from which recovery was not completed. Recovery in this instance may have been complicated by unsecured ballast or defective instruments, or both.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the loss of control of the aircraft during an unusual attitude. Neither the reason for the initial loss of control nor the reason for the pilot's failure to recover has been determined."

Informationsquelle:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 43)
» CAB File No. 5181-46


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