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Accident
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Montag 4 November 1940
Zeit:04:42
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-197
Fluggesellschaft:United Air Lines
Kennzeichen: NC16086
Werknummer: 1925
Baujahr: 1937
Betriebsstunden:8694
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3-G
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 7
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 10 / Insassen: 10
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Centerville, UT (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Elko Airport, NV (EKO/KEKO), USA
Flug nach:Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), USA
Unfallbericht:
Crashed into the west side Bountiful Peak at the 6700 ft level during a snowstorm due to failure of navigational equipment.
. Bountiful Peak is located in the Wasatch Mountains
The aircraft operated United Air Lines Trip 16 from from Oakland Municipal Airport, California to Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, Utah with stops at San Francisco and Sacrmento, California, and Reno and Elko, Nevada.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
The malfunctioning of the Salt Lake radio range.
Substantial contributing factors to the accident were:
(1) The failure of the communications operators at Tintic, Plymouth, and Salt Lake City, Utah, whose duty it was to monitor the range, to detect its malfunctioning and immediately notify those concerned; and
(2) The failure of the pilot of Trip 16 to follow to the fullest extent established radio range techique in accordance with the requirements of the procedre established by United and approved by the Civil Aeronautics Administratir.



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Elko Airport, NV to Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, UT as the crow flies is 319 km (199 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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