Airplane Crash - Near Lovettsville, Virginia 08/31/1940

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Lovettsville, Virginia


Date08/31/1940
Time14:41
LocationNear Lovettsville, Virginia
OperatorPennsylvania Central Airlines
Flight #19
RouteWashington D.C. - Detroit
TypeDouglas DC-3
RegistrationNC21789
Cn/In2188
Aboard25
Fatalities25
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft was flying through a thunderstorm in turbulence when the it nosed over and plunged to earth near Short Hill Mountain. Disabling of the pilots by a severe lightning discharge in the immediate neighborhood of the airplane, with resulting loss of control. With limited accident investigation tools at the time, the most likely cause was the plane flying into windshear. U.S. Senator Ernest Lundeen from Minnesota killed.

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