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Last updated: 6 December 2019
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Mittwoch 21 Januar 1948
Zeit:16:30
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:Civil Aeronautics Administration
Kennzeichen: NC206
Werknummer: 4776
Baujahr: 1942
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:11 km (6.9 Meilen) WSW of Ward, CO (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Luftarbeit
Flug von:Denver (unknown airport), CO, USA
Flug nach:Grand Junction-Walker Field, CO (GJT/KGJT), USA
Unfallbericht:
The DC-3 departed from Denver, Colorado, at 16:02 for Grand Junction, Colorado. Over the route to Grand Junction a check was to be made by the crew of the VHF (Very High Frequency) airway facilities to determine whether they were operating normally. Twenty-two minutes after departure the crew reported at an altitude of 14,500 feet, 500 feet over the top of clouds. The flight also reported that they were experiencing severe turbulence. A few minutes later the DC-3 struck the north northeast side of Navajo Peak approximately 500 feet below the summit, and at an elevation of 12,900 feet (3930 m) above sea level.
On May 23, 1948 the wreckage was located by an Air National Guard pilot.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was an excessive loss of altitude resulting from a downdraft in an area of severe turbulence."

Informationsquelle:
» CAB File No. 2-0278


Fotos

photo of Douglas-C-47-NC206
accident date: 21-01-1948
type: Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
registration: NC206
 
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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