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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 24 January 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic U16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman SA-16A Albatross
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-001
C/n / msn: G-74
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Paramount Mountains, Death Valley, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Mountain Home AFB, ID (MUO/KMUO), United States of America
Destination airport:San Diego (unknown airport), CA, United States of America
Narrative:
The SA-16 Albatross was abandoned by the crew when one engine failed while over Death Valley. The airplane continued until impacting a steep slope west of Towne Peak.

Sources:
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
» Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West


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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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