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Accident
Last updated: 18 November 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 1 Dezember 1944
Zeit:02:58
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-209
Fluggesellschaft:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Kennzeichen: NC17322
Werknummer: 1968
Baujahr: 1937
Betriebsstunden:22180
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 20
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 23
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:10 km (6.3 Meilen) von Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
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: 18
Unfallbericht:
TWA's Flight 18 departed from San Francisco at 12:54 a.m. on the first leg of a transcontinental flight to New York. The first scheduled landing was Burbank. The flight was cleared to Burbank Airport for a standard instrument approach. During the approach the plane descended under instrument conditions to such a low altitude as to clip the tree tops and strike a power line pole and then crashed. In a normal approach the plane would have flown over this point at an altitude of about 1650 feet above the ground.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "On the basis of the evidence available the Board finds that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot's deviation from the standard instrument approach procedure when he descended below the established safe minimum altitude. A contributing factor was the company's failure to enforce adherence to company procedures."

Informationsquelle:
» CAB File No. 3236-44


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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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