Loss of control Accident Douglas DC-3A-197 NC16073,
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Date:Tuesday 9 February 1937
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3A-197
Owner/operator:United Airlines
Registration: NC16073
MSN: 1913
Year of manufacture:1936
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:3 km NE off San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA (SFO) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Burbank-Union Air Terminal (BUR/KBUR)
Destination airport:San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Crashed into San Francisco Bay while on approach. The co-pilot dropped his microphone which jammed the controls, preventing the pilot from pulling out of the glide. Eight passengers and three crew died.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Accidental jamming of the elevator controls as a result of a microphone being inadvertently dropped and lodging in such a position that the crew was unable to prevent rapid descent of the airplane."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




photo (c) SDASM Archives; off San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA (SFO); February 1937

photo (c) William W Sierra; off San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA (SFO); February 1937

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