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Accident
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Datum:Samstag 11 November 1944
Zeit:20:17
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-1-DL (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Kennzeichen: 43-16143
Werknummer: 20609
Baujahr: 1944
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 10 / Insassen: 11
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 12 / Insassen: 13
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:22 km (13.8 Meilen) N of Glendale, CA (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Bakersfield-Meadows Field, CA (BFL/KBFL), USA
Flug nach:Los Angeles-Mines Field, CA (LAX/KLAX), USA
Unfallbericht:
A Douglas C-47 transport plane was destroyed when it collided with terrain during descent towards Los Angeles. It struck trees on a ridge, broke up and caught fire. The airplane operated on a flight from San Rafael-Hamilton Field, CA (SRF) to Los Angeles-Mines Field, CA (LAX) via Bakersfield-Meadows Field, CA (BFL).
Erroneous wind information was given to the crew before departure from Bakersfield. The airplane went off course and a descent was initiated when the airplane was still over mountainous terrain. The aircraft crashed in Wildcat Canyon, approx. 2 miles NE of Strawberry Peak 1/4 from bottom of Big Tujunga Canyon.

Informationsquelle:
» Hamilton Field Diary: The Country Club Airbase / By Major F. H. Oberding USAF (Ret.)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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Distance from Bakersfield-Meadows Field, CA to Los Angeles-Mines Field, CA as the crow flies is 175 km (109 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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