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Last updated: 11 February 2016
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:vendredi 6 avril 1951
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3C)
Compagnie:Southwest Airways
Immatriculation: N63439
Numéro de série: 20229
Année de Fabrication: 1944
Heures de vol:8132
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 19 / à bord: 19
Total:victimes: 22 / à bord: 22
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Refugio Pass, CA (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Santa Maria Airport, CA (KSMX), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, CA (SBA/KSBA), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol: 7
Southwest Airways Flight 7 originated at San Francisco, for Los Angeles, with stops scheduled at San Jose, Watsonville, Monterey, Paso Robles, San Lois Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, and Oxnard. Departure from San Francisco was 18:00, 15 minutes behind schedule. Flight 7 proceeded in a routine manner and landed at Santa Maria at 20:10. All previous scheduled stops had been made with the exception of the one at San Luis Obispo which was passed over because of local weather. Departure from Santa Maria was at 20:18, 12 minutes behind schedule. Two minutes after takeoff from Santa Maria the flight radioed its on and off times to and from that station and gave an estimated arrival time of 20:39 at Santa Barbara. This was the last radio contact with the flight. The crew should have used the 4000 feet minimum altitude to remain VFR above the clouds, but instead where at 2740 feet MSL in instrument conditions. The aircraft struck the gradually rising slope of a ridge.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the flight, for undetermined reasons, to maintain the specified minimum en route altitude of 4000ft for the route being flown."

» CAB File No: 1-0019
» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.2, Circular 24-AN/21 (87-89)


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