Accident description
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 31 January 1946
Time:02:47
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-194H
Operator:United Air Lines
Registration: NC25675
C/n / msn: 2147
First flight: 1939
Total airframe hrs:16333
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Elk Mountain, WY (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Boise Air Terminal, ID (BOI/KBOI), United States of America
Destination airport:Denver (unknown airport), CO, United States of America
Flightnumber: 14
Narrative:
The crew made an unauthorized deviation from the airway, trying to reduce distance on a 'dog-leg' of the airway. The DC-3 collided with Elk Mountain 340 feet below the crest, at an elevation approximately 180 feet below its assigned cruising altitude (11,000 feet) and 4 1/2 miles south of Airway Green 3.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The deviation from the prescribed route at an altitude insufficient to assure adequate clearance over Elk Mountain."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» CAB File No. 257-46


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