Accident Douglas DC-3-209 NC17322,
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Date:Friday 1 December 1944
Time:02:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3-209
Owner/operator:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Registration: NC17322
MSN: 1968
Year of manufacture:1937
Total airframe hrs:22180 hours
Engine model:Wright R-1820-G202A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:10 km from Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO)
Destination airport:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
TWA's Flight 18 departed from San Francisco at 12:54 a.m. on the first leg of a transcontinental flight to New York. The first scheduled landing was Burbank. The flight was cleared to Burbank Airport for a standard instrument approach. During the approach the plane descended under instrument conditions to such a low altitude as to clip the tree tops and strike a power line pole and then crashed. In a normal approach the plane would have flown over this point at an altitude of about 1650 feet above the ground.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "On the basis of the evidence available the Board finds that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot's deviation from the standard instrument approach procedure when he descended below the established safe minimum altitude. A contributing factor was the company's failure to enforce adherence to company procedures."

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

Sources:

CAB File No. 3236-44

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