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Accident
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 15 décembre 1942
Heure:01:22
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A-191
Compagnie:Western Air Lines
Immatriculation: NC16060
Numéro de série: 1900
Année de Fabrication: 1936
Heures de vol:14773
Equipage:victimes: 4 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 13 / à bord: 15
Total:victimes: 17 / à bord: 19
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de Fairfield, UT (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Las Vegas Airport, NV (LSV/KLSV), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:1
Détails:
Western Trip 1 took off from the Salt Lake City Airport at about 01:05 local time, cleared to Burbank, California with a scheduled stop at Las Vegas, Nevada.
The first and only communication contact Western 1 made was with the Western’s radio and dispatch officer at Salt Lake at 01:07, at which time the flight reported "off the field at Salt Lake at 1:05 a.m."
The aircraft, a DC-3, failed to arrive at the destination and the wreckage was located the next day.
Investigation revealed that normal flight was apparently interrupted at an altitude of approximately 10,200 feet by a failure of the aircraft's structure. The first officer and the copilot-trainee were at the controls at the time the airplane struck the ground while the captain had been in the companion-way, either seated in the jump seat or standing. Weather conditions in the area at the time were satisfactory for the flight and were not a contributing factor to the accident.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the left, or possibly both wing tips and of the horizontal tail surfaces as a result of a severe pull-up which caused unusual and abnormally high air loads. The reason the pull-up maneuver was not determined."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 300 days (10 months)
Accident number: File No. 2905-42
Download report: Final report


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, UT et Las Vegas Airport, NV est de 568 km (355 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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Douglas DC-3

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  • 106ème loss
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