American Airlines Flight 2

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American Airlines Flight 2
American Airlines Douglas DC-3.jpg
A similar American Airlines DC-3
DateFebruary 10, 1944
SummaryControlled flight into terrain, reason unknown
SiteMississippi River
Aircraft typeDouglas DC-3-277A
OperatorAmerican Airlines
Flight originLittle Rock National Airport, Little Rock, Arkansas
DestinationMemphis Municipal Airport, Memphis, Tennessee

American Airlines Flight 2 was a Douglas DC-3 that crashed into the Mississippi River on February 10, 1944. All twenty-four passengers and crew were killed.

The ultimate cause of the crash of American Airlines Flight 2 remains a mystery.

Flight and aircraft[edit]

Flight 2 was a domestic scheduled passenger flight between Little Rock National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas and Memphis Municipal Airport in Memphis, Tennessee. The aircraft was a DC-3-277A manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company and operated by American Airlines. The craft was five years old, having first entered service in 1939, and had accumulated a total of 12,446 hours of flight time at the time of the crash.[1]

The plane departed Little Rock National Airport with three crew and twenty-one passengers on board. At 11:36 pm, approximately 29 kilometres (18 mi) southwest of Memphis Municipal Airport, the DC-3 descended at an angle of 20 degrees, the right wing slightly low, and struck the Mississippi River.[1] There was no abnormal radio contact prior to the crash. All twenty-four souls onboard perished.


The Civil Aeronautics Board investigated the crash, but was unable to determine the probable cause of the accident. The report that was subsequently issued stated that the investigation would continue and a supplemental report would be issued as to their findings, but no such report was ever filed. The ultimate cause of the crash of American Airlines Flight 2 remains a mystery.

The Board is unable to determine the probable cause of this accident upon the available evidence which has been collected in the present investigation. Search for further information will continue and in the event that additional significant evidence is obtained a supplemental report will be issued.

— Civil Aeronautics Board, CAB File No. 523-44

Flight 2 today[edit]

As of April 2017, Flight 2 is now used on the Los Angeles-New York City (JFK) route. This is contrary to the convention of retiring flight numbers that have crashed.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Accident description for "American Airlines Flight 2" at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2009-05-24.
  2. ^ Neuman, Scott. "When Bad Things Happen To Planes, Flight Codes Get 'Retired'". NPR. Retrieved 27 March 2015.

Coordinates: 34°53′48.8″N 90°15′49.7″W / 34.896889°N 90.263806°W / 34.896889; -90.263806