Flugunfall 12 JUL 1949 einer Curtiss C-46E-1-CS Commando N79978 - Chatsworth, CA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:Dienstag 12 Juli 1949
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46E-1-CS Commando
Fluggesellschaft:Standard Airlines
Kennzeichen: N79978
Werknummer: 2936
Baujahr: 1945
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75-5E-8
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 32 / Insassen: 44
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 35 / Insassen: 48
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Chatsworth, CA (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Albuquerque Municipal Airport, NM (ABQ/KABQ), USA
Flug nach:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), USA
Flugnummer: 897R
The Standard Airlines flight departed Albuquerque at 04:24 for a flight to Burbank. At 07:36 the crew were cleared to land at Burbank; nothing more was heard from the flight. It appeared that the Curtiss had crashed on approach, striking the ground at 1890 feet asl, some 430 feet below the crest of Santa Susana Pass.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's action in descending below the prescribed minimum altitude while executing an instrument approach to the Burbank Airport."

Accident investigation:

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

» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 49)
» CAB File No. 1-0052
» Oakland Tribune California, 13 July 1949

Standard Airlines was ordered to cease non-scheduled operations because of regulation violations.


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Albuquerque Municipal Airport, NM to Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA as the crow flies is 1071 km (670 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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