Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives
Bureau d'Archives des Accidents d'Avions

Crash of a Keystone K-47 Pathfinder in Langley AFB: 2 killed

Accident description

  • NX179
  • Takeoff (climb)
  • Training
  • No
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • Langley AFB - Langley AFB
  • 1
  • 1927
  • Langley AFB (Hampton), Virginia
  • USA
  • North America
  • 2
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
  • 2
  • Both American aviators Noel Guy Davis and Stanton Hall Wooster were preparing the aircraft for a transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, taking part to the Orteig Prize. Named 'American Legion', aircraft was the first prototype of the Keystone K-47 Pathfinder and built especially for this crew and mission. From the airbase of Langley, Virginia, crew was performing a training flight around the base. Shortly after takeoff, while climbing to a height of fifty feet, crew noted the presence of trees and made a sharp turn to the left. With an insufficient speed, aircraft stalled and crashed in a swampy area and was destroyed. Both occupants were killed.