1947 Croydon Dakota Accident

1947 Croydon Dakota Accident

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The 1947 Croydon Dakota accident occurred on the 25 January 1947 when a Spencer Airways Douglas C-47A Dakota[N 2] failed to get airborne from Croydon Airport, located near London, and crashed into a parked and empty CSA Douglas C-47 destroying both aircraft and killing eleven passengers and one crew member. It was snowing and the airfield at Croydon was covered in dark snow clouds when at 11:40 the Spencer Airways Dakota attempted to depart bound for Salisbury in Rhodesia. The C-47A had just lifted from the runway at Croydon when the starboard wing dropped, then the aircraft turned to the left and the port wing dropped. The pilot was seen to apply full starboard aileron but the bank angle increased to 40 degrees with the port wing tip only a few feet from the ground. As the aircraft reached the perimeter track of the airfield, the aircraft levelled and then swung to the right The aircraft bounced on the ground and crashed head-on into a parked CSA Douglas C-47; both aircraft caught fire, and were subsequently destroyed. Eleven of the 18 passengers and one of the five crew died.
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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 118g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136283891
  • 9786136283890