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Last updated: 17 January 2022
Status:Definitief
Datum:maandag 4 september 1950
Tijd:14:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-229
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Robinson Airlines
Registratie: N18936
Constructienummer: 2011
Bouwjaar: 1937
Aantal vlieguren:19023
Motoren: 2 Wright R-1820-G102A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 13 / inzittenden: 20
Totaal:slachtoffers: 16 / inzittenden: 23
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:2,4 km (1.5 mijl) SE of Utica, NY (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Utica-Oneida County Airport, NY (UCA/KUCA), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 32
Beschrijving:
Robinson Airlines Flight 32 departed Ithaca at 11:31 for Newark, New Jersey, via Syracuse and Utica. A flight plan was filed specifying a flight according to visual flight rules. The flight proceeded in a routine manner and arrived at Utica at 13:43. At 14:08, the flight departed from Utica. The flaps were in the "full up" position for the takeoff. The aircraft became airborne in a normal manner approximately 1500 feet down the runway and climbed to an altitude of approximately 50 feet and leveled off. At this time, the landing gear was retracted and the airspeed was estimated to be 105 to 110 mph. Approximately 3000 feet from the point of takeoff parts were observed falling from the left engine and the aircraft made a shallow turn to the left. At this time, the left propeller appeared to be fully feathered. The flight continued in a left turn, slowly losing altitude until it struck a grove of trees 1.5 miles south-east of the airport. The elevation of the terrain at this point was 480 feet which is 256 feet below the elevation of the airport. The tree tops were 80 feet above the ground. First impact with the trees was made on a heading of approximately 60 degrees and as the aircraft descended through the trees, it turned anti-clockwise 180 degrees to the original heading. Following impact with the trees, the fuel tanks ruptured causing a fire which consumed the fuselage.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the left engine shortly after take-off, coupled with increased drag due to loss of the left engine cowling, and reduced power output of the right engine resulting from the high pitch position of the right propeller."

Bronnen:
» CAB File No. 1-0106
» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.2, Circular 24-AN/21 (21-23)


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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 Utica-Oneida County Airport, NY en Newark International Airport, NJ bedraagt 289 km (180 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
  • 2864e ongeval
  • 991e dodelijk ongeval
  • 175e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 335e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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