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Last updated: 24 March 2018
Datum:Donnerstag 5 September 1946
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-5-DL (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:Trans-Luxury Airlines
Kennzeichen: NC57850
Werknummer: 9214
Baujahr: 1943
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 17 / Insassen: 18
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 20 / Insassen: 21
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:4 km (2.5 Meilen) W of Elko, NV (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Cheyenne Airport, WY (CYS/KCYS), USA
Flug nach:Elko Airport, NV (EKO/KEKO), USA
The DC-3 lost visual contact in ground fog while approaching Elko. It struck the ground 20 feet below the top of up sloping terrain, cleared the top and disintegrated and burned. Weather at the time of the accident included: ceiling measured 200 feet, thin overcast; lower thin scattered clouds at 100 feet; visibility 7 miles; wind ENE at 6 mph; altimeter setting 30.14.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's action in continuing a landing approach after having lost visual contract with the airport under conditions of dense ground fog. A contributing factor was the pilot's unfamiliarity with the terrain in the immediate vicinity of the airport."

» CAB File No. 2267-46


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Distance from Cheyenne Airport, WY to Elko Airport, NV as the crow flies is 915 km (572 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2384th loss
  • 710th Fataler Unfall
  • 68th worst accident (Zu diesem Zeitpunkt)
  • 223rd worst accident (Momentan)
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