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Accident
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Estado:Final
Fecha:domingo 17 octubre 1937
Hora:ca 21:00
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A-197
Operador:United Airlines
Registración: NC16074
Numéro de série: 1914
Año de Construcción: 1936
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 16 / Ocupantes: 16
Total:Fatalidades: 19 / Ocupantes: 19
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:32 km (20 milles) S of Knight, WY (   Estados Unidos de América)
Elevación del lugar del accidente: 3048 m (10000 feet) amsl
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Cheyenne Airport, WY (CYS/KCYS), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo: 1
Descripción:
A Douglas DC-3A passenger plane, operating United Air Lines Trip 1, was destroyed when it crashed into slope of Haydens Peak, WY on the Humpy Ridge. All 19 on board were killed.
Trip 1 originated in Newark, NJ at 08:00 EST, and was scheduled to terminate at Oakland, CA at 01:18 PST. Several intermediate stops were planned. The flight departed Cheyenne Airport, WY (CYS) at 18:26 MST.
Adverse weather conditions existed along the route to Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, UT (SLC). Trip 1 encountered light to moderate snow and light rime ice. About 21:00 local time, the airplane was over mountainous terrain and flew into the side of a mountain at an elevation of about 10.000 feet. The wreckage was located the following morning.

Probable Cause:

It is the opinion of the Investigating Board that the probable cause of this accident was a combination of the following three factors:
(1) Static conditions encountered in the last portion of the flight which rendered the reception of radio range signals unintelligible;
(2) The continuation of the flight into mountainous country at an altitude below the higher mountains without the aid of ground visibility or radio signals to definitely identify position;
(3) A change in the weather caused by the approach of an unpredicted cold front.

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Distance from Cheyenne Airport, WY to Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, UT as the crow flies is 599 km (374 miles).

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Douglas DC-3

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