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Last updated: 21 November 2019
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Donnerstag 6 Oktober 1955
Zeit:07:26 MST
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Fluggesellschaft:United Airlines
Kennzeichen: N30062
Werknummer: 18389
Baujahr: 1944
Betriebsstunden:28755
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-11
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 63 / Insassen: 63
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 66 / Insassen: 66
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Medicine Bow Peak, WY (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), USA
Flug nach:Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), USA
Flugnummer:UA409
Unfallbericht:
A Douglas DC-4, N30062, was destroyed when it crashed into Medicine Bow Peak, WY. All 63 passengers and three crew members were killed.
United Air Lines Flight 409 originated at New York, NY on October 5, 1955, destination San Francisco, CA, with intermediate stops including Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; and Salt Lake City, UT. The trip to Denver was routine.
At Denver the flight was dispatched to Salt Lake City via airways V-4, V-118, V-6, and V-32 to cruise at 10,000 feet, and to fly in accordance with Visual Flight Rules (VFR). The estimated time en route was two hours and 33 minutes. The only obligatory reporting point along the route was Rook Springs, WY.
The flight departed Denver at 06:33. Flight 409 reported its time off to the company and this was the last known radio contact with the flight.
When the flight failed to report at Rock Springs at 08:11, its estimated reporting time, repeated efforts were made to establish radio contact with it. These were unsuccessful and the company then declared an emergency. A widespread search was immediately initiated. At approximately 11:40 the same day the wreckage was sighted near Medicine Bow Peak, 33 miles west of Laramie, WY. The Laramie weather at 07:28 was: Scattered clouds, 5,500 feet; visibility 40 miles; wind west-northwest 13 knots; snow showers of unknown intensity over the mountains.
The aircraft struck the almost vertical rock cliff of the east slope of Medicine Bow Peak (elevation 12,005 feet) located in the Medicine Bow Mountains. The crash occurred at an elevation of 11,570 feet, 60 feet below the top of that portion of the mountain directly above it.
The accident site was 20 miles west off course.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The action of the pilot in deviating from the planned route for reasons unknown."

Informationsquelle:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.8, Circular 54-AN/49 (16-19)


Fotos

photo of Douglas-DC-4-N30062
accident date: 06-10-1955
type: Douglas DC-4
registration: N30062
photo of Douglas-DC-4-N30062
accident date: 06-10-1955
type: Douglas DC-4
registration: N30062
photo of Douglas-DC-4-N30062
accident date: 06-10-1955
type: Douglas DC-4
registration: N30062
photo of Douglas-DC-4-N30062
accident date: 06-10-1955
type: Douglas DC-4
registration: N30062
photo of Douglas-DC-4-N30062
accident date: 06-10-1955
type: Douglas DC-4
registration: N30062
photo of Douglas-DC-4-N30062
accident date: 06-10-1955
type: Douglas DC-4
registration: N30062
photo of Douglas-DC-4-N30062
accident date: 06-10-1955
type: Douglas DC-4
registration: N30062
 

Map
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 Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO to Salt Lake City International Airport, UT as the crow flies is 608 km (380 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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