Airplane Crash - Atlanta, Georgia 02/26/1941

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Atlanta, Georgia


Date02/26/1941
Time11:50
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
OperatorEastern Air Lines
Flight #21
RouteNew York City - Washington D.C. - Atlanta - Brownsville
TypeDouglas DC-3
RegistrationNC28394
Cn/In3204
Aboard16
Fatalities9
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed into a hill in pine woods, near Chandler Field, while attempting to make an instrument landing approach in rain and fog. The failure of the captain in charge of the flight to exercise the proper degree of fare 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 co-pilot are required to make a complete check of the controls and instruments during landing operations. Captain Edward Rickenbacker, President of Eastern Air Lines, survived the crash.

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