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Last updated: 26 January 2022
Datum:Mittwoch 10 Dezember 1952
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 43-49553
Werknummer: 26814/15369
Baujahr: 1944
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 6
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:24 km (15 Meilen) SSW of Wells, NV (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Colorado Springs-Peterson AFB, CO (COS/KCOS), USA
Flug nach:Reno-Stead AFB, NV (KRTS), USA
A Douglas C-47D was damaged beyond repair when it impacted the east slope of the East Humboldt range near Wells, Nevada. All six on board were killed.
The flight was conducted in weather conditions that included extreme turbulence and turbulent down drafts.

Probable Cause:

While on instruments, the pilot had not maintained sufficient drift correction to stay within the airway, and extreme downdrafts caused the aircraft to descend approximately 1300 feet below assigned altitude.

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Distance from Colorado Springs-Peterson AFB, CO to Reno-Stead AFB, NV as the crow flies is 1300 km (813 miles).

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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