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".
|Date:||Tuesday 8 October 1946|
|Operator:||United Air Lines|
|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:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (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|
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."
» 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).