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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 6 October 1957
Time:16:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
Operator:Standard Oil Company
Registration: N80G
C/n / msn: 18-2351
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:4608
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-72WA
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) E of Uniontown, PA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Hot Springs-Ingalls Field, VA (HSP/KHSP), United States of America
Destination airport:Johnstown Airport, PA (JST/KJST), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft departed Hot Springs at 15:45 and climbed to an altitude below the clouds. Just over an hour after takeoff the Lodestar struck a mountain at an altitude of 2,338 feet, 162 feet below the top. Investigation revealed that the aircraft struck the east side of a 20-degree mountain slope on a heading of 65 degrees magnetic while flying nearly parallel to the mountain ridge. The aircraft, in level attitude, first struck the top of a small tree 35 feet above the ground, and then cut a swath approximately 510 feet long and 80 feet wide through the trees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the action of the pilot in attempting VFR flight under instrument conditions over mountainous terrain."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 2-0062


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Distance from Hot Springs-Ingalls Field, VA to Johnstown Airport, PA as the crow flies is 275 km (172 miles).

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