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Last updated: 29 November 2021
Date:Monday 1 December 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 45-1124
MSN: 34394/17127
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:18 km (11.3 mls) NNW of Banning, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Bellevue-Offutt AFB, NE (OFF/KOFF), United States of America
Destination airport:Riverside-March AFB, CA (RIV/KRIV), United States of America
The Douglas C-47D impacted Mt. San Gorgonio in a snowstorm while on a flight from Offutt AFB, Nebraska to March AFB, California killing the 13 men on board.
On December 5, 1952, a Marine Corps Sikorsky HO3S helicopter crashed while trying to reach the crash site.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain



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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 Bellevue-Offutt AFB, NE to Riverside-March AFB, CA as the crow flies is 2027 km (1267 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 3090th loss
  • 1115th fatal accident
  • 235th worst accident (at the time)
  • 407th worst accident (currently)
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