Accident description
Last updated: 17 April 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 12 July 1949
Time:07:43
Type:Curtiss C-46E-1-CS Commando
Operator:Standard Airlines
Registration: N79978
C/n / msn: 2936
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:1515
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75-5E-8
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 44
Total:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 48
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Chatsworth, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Albuquerque Municipal Airport, NM (ABQ/KABQ), United States of America
Destination airport:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), United States of America
Flightnumber: 897R
Narrative:
The Standard Airlines flight departed Albuquerque at 04:24 for a flight to Burbank. At 07:36 the crew were cleared to land at Burbank; nothing more was heard from the flight. It appeared that the Curtiss had crashed on approach, striking the ground at 1890 feet asl, some 430 feet below the crest of Santa Susana Pass.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's action in descending below the prescribed minimum altitude while executing an instrument approach to the Burbank Airport."

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 49)
» CAB File No. 1-0052


Follow-up / safety actions
Standard Airlines was ordered to cease non-scheduled operations because of regulation violations.

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Distance from Albuquerque Municipal Airport, NM to Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA as the crow flies is 1071 km (670 miles).

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