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Accident description
Last updated: 15 December 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 3 September 1929
Time:11:01
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor
Operator:Transcontinental Air Transport - TAT
Registration: NC9649
C/n / msn: 5-AT-020
First flight: 1929-01-18 (8 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:42 km (26.3 mls) S of Gallup, NM (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Albuquerque International Airport, NM (ABQ/KABQ), United States of America
Destination airport:Los Angeles (unknown airport), CA, United States of America
Narrative:
The Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor, named "City of San Francisco", struck Mount Taylor during flight in a thunderstorm.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» The Ford Tri-Motor 1926-1992 / William T. Larkins
» Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sep 5, 1929


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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