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Date:Tuesday 4 December 1951
Time:07:25 MST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:United Airlines
Registration: N17109
MSN: 4999
First flight: 1942
Total airframe hrs:15041
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN) (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
Destination airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
Flightnumber: 16
United Air Lines Flight 16 departed Denver at 06:55 for a flight to train two applicants for first officer positions with the company. At 30 minutes into the training flight, the DC-3 stalled at an altitude of approximately 8,200 feet MSL (about 3,200 feet above the ground), entered a spin, and crashed before recovery could be effected.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An inadvertent spin at an altitude too low for recovery."

Loss of control

» CAB File No. 1-0096


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