- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: August 31, 1940
Time: 14:41
Location: Near Lovettsville, Virginia
Operator: Pennsylvania Central Airlines
Flight #: 19
Route: Washington D.C. - Detroit
AC Type: Douglas DC-3
Registration: NC21789
cn / ln: 2188
Aboard: 25   (passengers:21  crew:4)
Fatalities: 25   (passengers:21  crew:4)
Ground: 0
Summary: The 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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