Date & Time: Oct 30, 1941 at 2210 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas DC-3
Operator:
Registration:
NC25663
Survivors:
No
Site:
Plain
Schedule:
La Guardia – Newark – Buffalo – Detroit – South Bend – Chicago
MSN:
2207
YOM:
1940
Flight number:
AA001
Country:
Canada
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
4
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
16
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
20
Captain / Total flying hours:
5929
Captain / Total hours on type:
3702
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1065
Copilot / Total hours on type:
25
Aircraft flight hours:
11027
Circumstances:
While descending to Detroit, the crew was instructed by ATC to abandon the approach due to poor weather conditions. The crew completed several circuits around Detroit to expect a weather improvement without success. After several minutes, due to fuel shortage, the captain decided to divert to London Airport, Ontario. Suddenly, the aircraft pitch down and crashed at an angle of 70° in an open field. All 20 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
During its descent the airplane apparently was partially but not completely out of control. There was no fire in or about the airplane prior to impact. No evidence of sabotage was discovered. There was no power plant failure prior to the accident, and the engines were functioning normally at the time the airplane struck the ground. Nothing was found to indicate that there had been any structural failure or failure of the control system of the airplane. As a result of the complete destruction of some portions of the airplane, however, it is impossible to eliminate completely the possibility that such failure occurred. Now, therefore, the Board finds that the evidence presently available and in possession of the Board is not sufficient to permit determination of the probable cause of this accident.

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