Date & Time: Feb 26, 1941 at 2350 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas DC-3
Operator:
Registration:
NC28394
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Newark – Washington DC – Charlotte – Atlanta – New Orleans
MSN:
3204
YOM:
1940
Flight number:
EA021
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
5
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
8
Captain / Total flying hours:
4193
Captain / Total hours on type:
3268
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2459
Copilot / Total hours on type:
806
Circumstances:
On final approach to Atlanta by night, fog and rain, the aircraft hit tree tops and crashed in a pine forest located few km short of runway. Rescue teams arrived on the scene at 0630LT only. Eight passengers were seriously injured while all eight other occupants were killed, among them all three crew members.
Crew:
James A. Perry, pilot,
Luther E. Thomas, pilot,
Clarence Moore, steward.
Probable cause:
On the basis of the foregoing findings and the entire record available, the commission find that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the captain in charge of the flight to exercise the proper degree of dare by not checking his altimeters to determine whether both were correctly set and properly functioning before commencing his landing approach. A substantial contributing factor was the absence of an established uniform cockpit procedure on Eastern Air Lines by which both the captain and pilot are required to make a complete check of the controls and instruments during landing operations .
Final Report: