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Last updated: 23 January 2022
Fecha:miércoles 10 diciembre 1952
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
Operador:United States Air Force - USAF
Registración: 43-49553
Numéro de série: 26814/15369
Año de Construcción: 1944
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 5 / Ocupantes: 5
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Total:Fatalidades: 6 / Ocupantes: 6
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:24 km (15 milles) SSW of Wells, NV (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Colorado Springs-Peterson AFB, CO (COS/KCOS), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Reno-Stead AFB, NV (KRTS), Estados Unidos de América
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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