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Accident
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:Definitief
Datum:vrijdag 1 december 1944
Tijd:02:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-209
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Registratie: NC17322
Constructienummer: 1968
Bouwjaar: 1937
Aantal vlieguren:22180
Motoren: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 6 / inzittenden: 20
Totaal:slachtoffers: 8 / inzittenden: 23
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:10 km (6.3 mijl) van Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 18
Beschrijving:
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."

Bronnen:
» CAB File No. 3236-44


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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA en Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA bedraagt 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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