Accident description
Last updated: 23 December 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 8 October 1946
Time:04:33
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Operator:United Air Lines
Registration: NC30051
C/n / msn: 10471
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:3077
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-11
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 37
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 41
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) from Cheyenne, WY (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), United States of America
Destination airport:Cheyenne Airport, WY (CYS/KCYS), United States of America
Flightnumber: 28
Narrative:
At least two attempts to land had failed as the aircraft approached too high in minimum ceiling conditions. The pilot tried to maneuver the aircraft to another runway at a low altitude. The wing struck the ground and the DC-4 skidded for 700 feet. The aircraft was named "Mainliner Lake Michigan".

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was a loss of altitude during a turn preparatory to a final approach while the pilot was manoeuvring in an attempt to land."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 4048-46


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Distance from San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA to Cheyenne Airport, WY as the crow flies is 1546 km (966 miles).

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