Airplane Crash - Evansville, Indiana 12/13/1977

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Evansville, Indiana


Date12/13/1977
Time19:22
LocationEvansville, Indiana
OperatorNational Jet Services Inc., (Air Indiana)
Flight #216
RouteEvansville - Nashville
TypeDouglas DC-3
RegistrationN51071
Cn/In4837
Aboard29
Fatalities29
Ground0
SummaryThe plane crashed during takeoff in rain and fog. Killed, were the entire Evansville basketball team. The aileron on one wing and rudder remained locked upon takeoff, which made it extremely difficult to bank. An attempted takeoff with the rudder and right aileron control locks installed, in combination with a rearward center of gravity. Improperly loaded luggage which resulted in rearward center of gravity which resulted in the aircraft's rotating to a nose-high attitude immediately after takeoff and entering the region of reversed command from which the pilot was unable to recover.

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