Date & Time: Apr 3, 1941 at 0907 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas DC-3
Operator:
Registration:
NC21727
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami – West Palm Beach – Daytona Beach – Jacksonville – Brunswick – Savannah – Charleston – Raleigh – Richmond – Washington DC – Baltimore – Philadelphia – New York
MSN:
2143
YOM:
1939
Flight number:
EA014
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3557
Captain / Total hours on type:
2486
Copilot / Total flying hours:
4100
Copilot / Total hours on type:
469
Circumstances:
While cruising along the east coast of Florida, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with storm activity and turbulence. The aircraft went out of control and crashed in a swampy area near Vero Beach. All sixteen occupants were rescued while the aircraft was wrecked.
Crew:
Gerald O'Brien, Captain,
Byron M. Crabtree, first officer,
Albert Marin, steward.
Probable cause:
Upon the basis of the foregoing findings and of the entire record available, investigators find that the probable cause of the accident was loss of control of the airplane while being operated on instruments and while encountering severe turbulence in a line squall, the existence of which the carrier's ground personnel had failed to make known to the captain.
Final Report: