Descripción del Accidente ASN 16 JAN 1942 Douglas DC-3-382 NC1946 - Las Vegas, NV
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Estado:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Fecha:viernes 16 enero 1942
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-382
Operador:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Registración: NC1946
Numéro de série: 3295
Año de Construcción: 1941
Motores: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 19 / Ocupantes: 19
Total:Fatalidades: 22 / Ocupantes: 22
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:53 km (33.1 milles) SW of Las Vegas, NV (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Las Vegas McCarran Field, NV (LSV/KLSV), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo: 3
The DC-3 collided with an almost vertical rock cliff, near the top of Potosi Mountain in the Spring Mountain Range. The point of impact was at an elevation of approximately 7,770 feet above sea level, about 80 feet below the top of the cliff, and abut 730 feet below the crest of the mountain, which has an elevation of about 8,500 feet above sea level.
American actress Carole Lombard (33) was killed in the accident.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Upon the basis of the foregoing findings and of the entire record available at this time, we find that the probable cause of the accident to aircraft NC 1946 on January 16, 1942, was the failure of the captain after departure from Las Vegas to follow the proper course by making use of the navigational facilities available to him.
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS: 1. The use of an erroneous compass course.; 2. Blackout of most of the beacons in the neighborhood of the accident made necessary by the was emergency.; 3. Failure of the pilot to comply with TWA's directive of July 17, 1941, issued in accordance with a suggestion from the Administrator of Civil Aeronautics requesting pilots to confine their flight movements to the actual on-course signals."

Accident investigation:

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

» CAB File No. 119-42


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Distance from Las Vegas McCarran Field, NV to Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA as the crow flies is 375 km (234 miles).

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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 35th loss
  • 19th accidente fatal
  • 2nd worst accident (a la hora)
  • 177th worst accident (actualmente)
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