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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 30 October 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-15109
MSN: 19575
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) NE of Riverside, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Amarillo AFB, TX (AMA/KAMA), United States of America
Destination airport:San Bernardino-Norton AFB, CA (SBD/KSBD), United States of America
A C-47A transport plane was destroyed when it crashed in the Box Springs Mountains. All six on board were killed.
The airplane was based at Madison-Truax Field, WI and operated on a flight to San Bernardino-Norton AFB in California. A stop was made at Amarillo, Texas to pick up four passengers.
The crash site was near the summit of a 2400-ft high mountain top.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» El Litoral 31-10-1951 p.1
» Toledo Blade - Oct 31, 1951
» The Milwaukee Journal - Oct 31, 1951
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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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 Amarillo AFB, TX to San Bernardino-Norton AFB, CA as the crow flies is 1415 km (884 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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