Date: October 15, 1943
Time: 2317
Location: Near Centerville, Tennessee
Operator: American Airlines
Flight #: 63
Route: Nashville - Memphis
AC Type: Douglas DC3-G102
Registration: NC16088
cn / ln: 1588
Aboard: 15   (passengers:11  crew:4)
Fatalities: 15   (passengers:11  crew:4)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft struck the ground nose-first in a vertical attitude while en route and was completely demolished by the impact. Inability of the aircraft to gain or maintain altitude due to carburetor ice, propeller ice or wing ice or some combination of these icing conditions, while over terrain and in weather unsuitable for an emergency landing. Weather conditions which, had their nature been anticipated, should have precluded the dispatch of the flight in an aircraft not equipped with wing or propeller deicing equipment.

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