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DC-3 Accidents – 125 Detailed Case Studies – 1934 to 1965

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This 1487 page document gives you a close look at the people, places, conditions, crew, and individual DC-3 aircraft that wound up in trouble.

This accumulated study of 125 DC-3 accidents from official accident investigations takes you back to the scene of all of these accidents.

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This is the only document that I have ever seen that accumulates all of the official investigations about DC-3 accidents into one document and provides you with an extreme level of detail about each accident.

Some of the Strange DC-3 Accident Stories Inside

One of the interesting investigations included in this massive digital document is the factual tale of Mr. Oren A. Pruitt, a passenger that fell to his death through the main cabin door on Piedmont Airlines DC-3 N45V.

While cruising at an altitude of 6,500 feet, Mr. Pruitt had a surprise as he waited for the lavatory to become available. After finding the primary lavatory occupied, Mr. Pruitt, who was on his honeymoon and had been drinking, apparently attempted to use the alternative lavatory.

Witnesses state they heard a sudden rush of wind after Mr. Pruitt opened the main cabin door and observed Mr. Pruitt attempting to hold on to the door frame as he fell out of the plane to his death.

You will also read about the DC-3 that vanished in flight. An airplane owned and operated by Pacific Alaska Air Express, a DC-3, NC66637, disappeared between Yakutat, Alaska, and Seattle, Washington, never to be heard from again. The plane vanished with 15 passengers and two crew members.

You will also be surprised by the number of airline DC-3’s that collided with military aircraft while flying during the 1940s.

Included Airlines

Airborne Transport, Airline Transport Carriers, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Braniff Airlines, California Arrow Airlines, Capital Airlines, Chicago and Southern Airlines, Coastal Airlines, Coastal Cargo Company, Colonial Airlines, Continental Airlines, Currey Air Transport, Delta Air Corporation, Delta Airlines, Delta-C&S Airlines, Eagle Air Freight, Eastern Airlines, Frontier Airlines, General Airways, Hansen Air Activities, Harrington’s, HATS Air Transportation, John Flying Service, Lake Central Airlines, Meteor Air Transport, Miami Airlines, Mid-Continent Airlines, Nationwide Air Transport Service, New Tribes Mission, Northeast Airlines, Pacific Airlines, Pacific Alaska Air Express, Pacific Northern Airlines, Pan American Airways, Pennsylvania Central Airlines, Perdue Aeronautics, Piedmont Airlines, Regina Airlines, Seattle Air Charter, Southeast Airlines, Southwest Airways, Transcontinental and Western AirTrans-Luxury Airlines, TWA, United Airlines, Universal Airlines, Viking Air Transport, West Coast Airlines, Western Airlines, Zantop Flying Service

When available, reports can include:

  • Detailed Information on Crew
  • Aircraft Information
  • Detailed Accident Events
  • Cockpit Voice Recorder Transcripts
  • Radio Transmission Transcripts
  • Illustrations
  • Photographs
  • Maps
  • Black Box Data





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