Date & Time: Feb 29, 1968 at 1345 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (DC-3)
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
Shortly after takeoff from Statesville Airport, while in initial climb, the left engine failed. The pilot-in-command reduced power on the right engine and attempted an emergency landing in an open field. While all four occupants escaped uninjured, the airplane was damaged beyond repair.
Improper operation of powerplant on part of the crew who failed to use anti-icing/deicing systems prior to takeoff. Icing conditions conducted to the icing of the carburetor and induction systems on the left engine that failed during initial climb. Takeoff was completed with reduced power.