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Accident
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Samstag 4 November 1944
Zeit:ca 17:30
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-454
Fluggesellschaft:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Kennzeichen: NC28310
Werknummer: 4992
Baujahr: 1940
Betriebsstunden:13167
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-G100
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 21 / Insassen: 21
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 24 / Insassen: 24
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Hanford, CA (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), USA
Flug nach:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), USA
Flugnummer: 8
Unfallbericht:
Flight 8 took off at 16:00, one hour behind schedule, and proceeded according to plan to a cruising altitude of 10,000 feet for Burbank on an instrument clearance. It reported over Fresno on schedule cruising at 10,000 feet and estimated Bakersfield at 17:35. Near Hanford, the plane was seen to enter a rapidly forming thunderstorm in cumulo-nimbus clouds. The DC-3 entered an inverted flying attitude, probably due to severe turbulence. The plane than broke up and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "On the basis of all the evidence available the Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the airplane's structure as a result of severe turbulence. An important contributing cause was the fact that the airplane was undoubtedly in an abnormal attitude of flight, i.e., inverted, at the instant of structural failure. The cause of the airplane becoming inverted has not been determined."

Informationsquelle:
» CAB File No. 3640-44


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Distance from San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA to Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA as the crow flies is 521 km (326 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 1224th loss
  • 384th Fataler Unfall
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