ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-49K (DC-3) N19941 Vail, WA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 1 September 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-49K (DC-3)
Operator:Regina Cargo Airlines
Registration: N19941
MSN: 6333
First flight: 1942
Total airframe hrs:8398
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:19 km (11.9 mls) SE of Vail, WA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Monterey-Fort Ord AFB, CA, United States of America
Destination airport:Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM), United States of America
The DC-3 took off from Monterey at 14:08 for a flight carrying military personnel to McChord AFB. The IFR flight plan was cancelled at 18:20. The aircraft crashed some 26 miles short of the Air Force Base.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's attempt to continue flight under the provisions of Visual Flight Rules during instrument conditions."

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» CAB File No. 1-0071
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (107-108)


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Douglas DC-3

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  • 3147th loss
  • 1151st fatal accident
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