Date & Time: Mar 14, 1942 at 2215 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas DC-2
Operator:
Registration:
31
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kunming – Chongqing
MSN:
1567
YOM:
1937
Country:
China
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
10
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
13
Circumstances:
Shortly after take off from Kunming-Wujiaba Airport, while climbing, the aircraft encountered problems to gain height, stalled and crashed in a field located two km past the runway end. Four passengers were rescued while 13 other occupants were killed. According to survivors, the engine run roughly after rotation and the aircraft was overweight.
Crew:
William H. Schuler, pilot, †
Emil Silvan "Scotty" Scott, copilot, †
T. Z. Woo, radio navigator. †
Passengers:
Maj Lancelot Dennys, Chief of the British Military Mission in China, †
Lt Col Frederick L. Kohler from the US Military Mission, †
Dr. Fenimore B. Lynch, Financial Director by the Central Bank of China, †
Lt Col Otto C. George from the US Military Mission, †
James Percy Russell, broker, †
D. Rocksen, †
Cecil Lowe and his daughter aged five, †
Col Harvey Edwards, employee of the President Roosevelt's mission,
P. C. Fogarty, commissioner of the State of North Burma in China.
Probable cause:
After a take off above MTOW, an engine failed on initial climb.