Accident
Last updated: 19 April 2014
Status:Definitief
Datum:dinsdag 24 december 1946
Tijd:19:19
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53D-DO (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Western Air Lines
Registratie: NC45395
Constructienummer: 11642
Bouwjaar: 1943
Aantal vlieguren:3699
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3-G
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 9 / inzittenden: 9
Totaal:slachtoffers: 12 / inzittenden: 12
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:80 km (50 mijl) E of San Diego, CA (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Holtville Airport, CA, Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:San Diego International Airport, CA (SAN/KSAN), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 44
Beschrijving:
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: "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."

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


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