Date: September 07, 1945
Time: 02:13
Location: Florence, South Carolina
Operator: Eastern Air Lines
Flight #: 42
Route: Miami - New York City
AC Type: Douglas DC-3
Registration: NC33631
cn / ln: 4137
Aboard: 22   (passengers:19  crew:3)
Fatalities: 22   (passengers:19  crew:3)
Ground: 0
Summary: Fire was discovered on board the aircraft after having passed Florence. The fire originated in the general area of the right side of the rear cargo compartment and lavatory. The aircraft descended to a lower altitude while returning to Florence, struck two large trees and crashed. A fire of undetermined origin in the rear cargo compartment or lavatory which resulted in the inability of the pilot to maintain altitude long enough to effect an emergency landing.

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