Crash of a Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan in Angra dos Reis: 7 killed

Date & Time: Sep 21, 1948
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Campo dos Afonsos - Campo dos Afonsos
Country:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The crew left Campo dos Afonsos AFB for a local training flight. The twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances near Angra dos Reis, about 100 km west of Rio de Janeiro. The wreckage was found four days later, all seven crew members were killed.

Crash of a Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan near Osorio: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 9, 1948 at 1830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
106
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Florianópolis – Montevideo
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The Uruguayan Air Force was taking delivery of nine Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan and two Douglas C-47 that were transferred that day to their base in Montevideo. On the leg from Florianópolis to Montevideo, the aircraft suffered a fuel exhaustion and the crew elected to make an emergency landing when the aircraft hit trees and crashed in flames in a wooded area located near Osorio. The aircraft was destroyed and all three crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
Fuel exhaustion.

Crash of an Airspeed AS.65 Consul in Bern

Date & Time: Sep 2, 1948
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-AIUZ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Croydon – Geneva
MSN:
5105
YOM:
1947
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in Bern, while on a flight from Croydon to Geneva. All three occupants were rescued while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Martin 202 near Winona: 37 killed

Date & Time: Aug 29, 1948 at 1705 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NC93044
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Chicago – Minneapolis
MSN:
9165
YOM:
1947
Flight number:
NW421
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
33
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
37
Captain / Total flying hours:
5502
Captain / Total hours on type:
311.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2380
Copilot / Total hours on type:
155
Aircraft flight hours:
1321
Circumstances:
Northwest Airlines' Flight 421 departed from Chicago for Minneapolis at 1550, August 29, 1948. On board were 33 passengers, four crew members, 800 gallons of fuel, and 1,038 pounds of baggage. Total aircraft weight was 38,015 pounds which was within the certificated limit and it was properly loaded in reference to the center of gravity. Weather information available to the flight prior to departure indicated that relatively good flying conditions existed en route with the exception of scattered rain showers and thunderstorms which were in the vicinity of La Crosse, Wisconsin and Rochester, Minnesota. Routine position reports were received from the flight as it progressed on course at Its flight plan altitude of 8,000 feet. At 1655, one hour and five minutes after takeoff from Chicago, the flight reported over La Crosse, 125 miles southeast of Minneapolis, and was at that time cleared to start an en route descent. Four minutes later, at 1659, the flight reported passing through the 7,000-foot altitude level. No indication of any trouble was contained in this transmission. This was the last word beard from the flight. Between 1645 and 1700 several persons in the vicinity of Winona, Minnesota, approximately 95 miles southeast of Minneapolis were watching a thunderstorm which was approaching from the northwest, AS the storm moved over Winona, the wind increased in intensity and considerable lightning and thunder were observed. At this time, about 1705, Flight 421 was seen flying below the overcast. As it passed over Winona, the aircraft appeared to enter the roll cloud or the leading edge of the thunderstorm at which time it was lost from view. Seconds later parts of the airplane were observed falling. It was later found that the flight had crashed approximately 4 miles northwest of Winona on a bluff on the east side of the Mississippi River. All 37 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the loss of the outer panel of the left wing which separated from the aircraft as a result of a fatigue crack in the left front outer panel attachment fitting which had been induced by a faulty design of that fitting, the fatigue crack having been aggravated by severe turbulence encountered in the thunderstorm.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-90-DL in Ravolzhausen: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 24, 1948 at 0731 LT
Operator:
Registration:
43-16036
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Berlin - Wiesbaden
MSN:
20502
YOM:
1944
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a cargo flight from Berlin-Tempelhof to the airbase of Wiesbaden-Erbenheim, taking part to the Berlin Airlift. While cruising in a reduced visibility due to foggy conditions, the aircraft collided with a USAF Douglas C-47A-80-DL registered 43-15116 and carrying also a crew of two and conducting the same operation from Berlin to Wiesbaden. Following the collision, both aircraft dove into the ground. The first crashed about 100 yards south of the city of Ravolzhausen while the second crashed about one km northwest of the same city. All four crew members on both aircraft were killed.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-80-DL in Ravolzhausen: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 24, 1948 at 0731 LT
Operator:
Registration:
43-15116
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Berlin - Wiesbaden
MSN:
19582
YOM:
1944
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a cargo flight from Berlin-Tempelhof to the airbase of Wiesbaden-Erbenheim, taking part to the Berlin Airlift. While cruising in a reduced visibility due to foggy conditions, the aircraft collided with a USAF Douglas C-47A-90-DL registered 43-16036 and carrying also a crew of two and conducting the same operation from Berlin to Wiesbaden. Following the collision, both aircraft dove into the ground. The first crashed about 100 yards south of the city of Ravolzhausen while the second crashed about one km northwest of the same city. All four crew members on both aircraft were killed.

Crash of a Douglas VC-117B near Newton: 9 killed

Date & Time: Aug 24, 1948
Operator:
Registration:
45-2554
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Bolling - Danbury
MSN:
18557/34212
YOM:
1945
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
While cruising at an altitude of 7,000 feet, the aircraft collided with a USAF North American B-25J Mitchel registered 44-86870. While the pilot of the Mitchell was able to make an emergency landing, the VC-117B went out of control and crashed in a field located five miles north of Newton. All nine occupants were killed.

Crash of a Douglas C-47 Dakota C.4 in Batu Melintang: 5 killed

Date & Time: Aug 19, 1948
Operator:
Registration:
KJ962
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
14809/25254
YOM:
1944
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew was involved in a training mission and was in charge to locate an appropriate dropping zone for paratroopers. While flying at an estimated height of few hundred yards, the crew realized that smoke was coming out from the right engine. Few seconds later, the aircraft banked right, dove into the ground and crashed in a prairie. All five crew members were killed.

Crash of a Consolidated PB4Y-2B Privateer in Rota Island: 12 killed

Date & Time: Aug 12, 1948
Operator:
Registration:
59776
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Agana - Rota Island
MSN:
59776
YOM:
1943
Region:
Crew on board:
12
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a short flight from Agana NAS to Rota Island. On final approach to runway 27, in poor weather conditions, the aircraft was too low and hit a cliff located about 2 miles from the runway threshold. All 12 crew members were killed.
Crew:
Lt Thomas C. O'Connor,
Russell G. Delany,
Walter R. Delaney,
Charles D. Rudolph,
Trafton R. Lee,
John A. Beland,
Carl H. Christensen,
Charles G. Degarimore,
Clarence Pinkerton,
Paul D. McDonald,
Lt William L. Wise,
Frederick A. Earle Chaero.

Crash of a Douglas R4D-6 near Miami: 10 killed

Date & Time: Aug 5, 1948
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
17285
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Norfolk – Opa Locka
MSN:
14505/25950
YOM:
1944
Location:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
The crew was descending to Opa Locka Airport when the aircraft collided with a Stearman while 11 miles north of Miami. Both aircraft dove into the ground and crashed. While both occupants of the Stearman were able to bail out and were found alive, all 10 crew members of the R4D-6 inbound from Norfolk NAS were killed. The exact circumstances and causes of the in flight collision remains unknown.