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Last updated: 29 November 2021
Date:Sunday 1 July 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-16101
MSN: 20567
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) E of Spring Lake, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Fort Sumner Airport, NM (FSU/KFSU), United States of America
Destination airport:Greenville-Majors Field, TX (GVT/KGVT), United States of America
A Douglas C-47 transport plane was destroyed in a in-flight break-up accident near Spring Lake, TX. All five on board were killed. The pilot may have overcontrolled the plane after entering a dive in instrument weather conditions.


Airframe failure
Loss of control

» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» 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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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Fort Sumner Airport, NM to Greenville-Majors Field, TX as the crow flies is 764 km (478 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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