Date & Time: Aug 14, 1935 at 2345 LT
Type of aircraft:
Stinson Model A
Operator:
Registration:
NC14599
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dallas – Shreveport – Jackson – Birmingham – Atlanta
MSN:
9103
YOM:
1935
Flight number:
DL004
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
2
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
While flying five kilometers south of Gilmer, a propeller blade on the left engine failed. Crew decided to reduce his altitude to perform an emergency landing. On final approach by night, the three engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in a desert area, killing all four occupants.
Probable cause:
Investigation disclosed that the left outboard engine had been tern from the plane as the result of an unbalanced condition caused by the breaking of a propeller blade. The engine was found at a spot about one mile southwest of the wreckage and a portion of the propeller blade was found about 300 yards west of the engine. From the appearance of the wreckage and facts available, it is believed that the pilot, while attempting to complete an emergency landing, lost control of the plane due to the absence of the weight of the left outboard engine and the resulting disturbed airflow over the wing.