Accident description
Last updated: 18 April 2014
Date:Sunday 3 March 1946
Time:08:12 PST
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 G-102
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."


» CAB File No. 323-46


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