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Last updated: 12 November 2019
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 17 January 1963
Time:15:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild F-27
Operator:West Coast Airlines
Registration: N2703
C/n / msn: 6
First flight: 1958
Total airframe hrs:11708
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 511
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Great Salt Lake, UT (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), United States of America
Destination airport:Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), United States of America
Flightnumber: 703
Narrative:
The West Coast Airlines Fairchild F-27, N703, crashed into Great Salt Lake, Utah. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and its suffered fatal injuries.
This was a pilot training flight of a company captain for a type rating check in the Fairchild F-27. It was being given by a company check pilot. Upon satisfactory completion, the trainee captain was to be issued an F-27 type rating by an FAA inspector who was aboard to monitor the check.
During a simulated emergency descent the aircraft crashed into the lake.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The crew's lack of vigilance, for undetermined reasons, in not checking the descent before striking the water."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.15 - Volume I, Circular 78-AN/66 (3-7)


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