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Accident
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Estado:
Fecha:martes 1 marzo 1938
Hora:ca 21:30
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-2-112
Operador:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Registración: NC13789
Numéro de série: 1299
Año de Construcción: 1935
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 6 / Ocupantes: 6
Total:Fatalidades: 9 / Ocupantes: 9
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:13 km (8.1 milles) ENE Wawona, CA (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Winslow Airport, AZ (INW/KINW), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo: 8
Descripción:
Crashed into mountain in poor weather. The wreckage found on Buena Vista Crest, Yosemite Nat'l Park, June 12, 1938. The three crew and six passengers died.

Probable Cause:

It is the opinion of the Investigating Board that the probable cause of this accident was a change in wind direction and a sharp increase in velocity, unknown to the pilot, together with the pilot's confusion as to his position with reference to the Fresno Radio Range station, which combined to bring about flight over mountainous terrain, ending in a crash at near his reported cruising altitude.



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Distance from San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA to Winslow Airport, AZ as the crow flies is 1075 km (672 miles).

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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