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Accident
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Dienstag 24 Dezember 1946
Zeit:19:19
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Fluggesellschaft:Western Air Lines
Kennzeichen: NC45395
Werknummer: 11642
Baujahr: 1943
Betriebsstunden:3699
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3-G
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 9 / Insassen: 9
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 12 / Insassen: 12
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:80 km (50 Meilen) E of San Diego, CA (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Holtville Airport, CA, USA
Flug nach:San Diego International Airport, CA (SAN/KSAN), USA
Flugnummer: 44
Unfallbericht:
The flight departed Holtville at 18:50 and was cleared to San Diego on a contact flight plan to cruise at 7,000 feet. En route at 19:09, the flight made a position report to the company radio at Los Angeles advising that it was over Mt. Laguna at 7,000 feet. Ten minutes later the crew had initiated a descent. At an altitude of 6120 feet the DC-3 flew into the east slope of Cuyapaipe Mountain, 75 feet below the crest. The wreckage was found three days later.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the conduct of the flight at an altitude which would not clear obstructions, due to an error by the pilot in determining his position with respect to Laguna Mountain."

Informationsquelle:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 45)
» CAB File No. 5565-46


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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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