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Accident description
Last updated: 1 December 2015
Date:Sunday 3 March 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-227B
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: NC21799
C/n / msn: 2203
First flight: 1940
Total airframe hrs:16322
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-G102
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Thing Mountain, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS/KTUS), United States of America
Destination airport:San Diego (unknown airport), CA, United States of America
At 05:59 the aircraft departed Tucson for a flight to San Diego. At 07:54 the weather report for San Diego read: indefinite ceiling 1,200 feet, broken clouds; visibility 8 miles. Receipt of this information was acknowledged by Flight 6-103 and immediately thereafter the flight reported that it had been over El Centro, California, at 07:53 at 8,000 feet. Somehow the airplane thereafter descended until it crashed into Thing Mountain at an altitude of approx. 4860 feet.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The action of the pilot in descending or permitting a descent to be made, into instrument conditions to an altitude below that required to maintain clearance over Thing Mountain. The reason for this descent has not been determined."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» CAB File No. 323-46


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