Airplane Crash - Selleck, Washington 04/14/1953

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Selleck, Washington


Date04/14/1953
Time02:22
LocationSelleck, Washington
OperatorMiami Airlines
RouteSpokane - Ellenburgh
TypeDouglas DC-3 (C-47-DL)
RegistrationN65743
Cn/In20432
Aboard25
Fatalities7
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed into Cedar Mountain following double engine failure. The progressive failure of both engines, due to the lack of compliance with proper maintenance standards. Spark plugs in both engines had been operated beyond their normal maintenance inspection period and exhibited evidence of a condition conducive to detonation and preignition. There was evidence that detonation and preignition took place in both engines and that they ultimately failed as a result of master rod bearing failures.

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