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Last updated: 23 January 2022
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Datum:woensdag 10 december 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Air Force - USAF
Registratie: 43-49553
Constructienummer: 26814/15369
Bouwjaar: 1944
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1
Totaal:slachtoffers: 6 / inzittenden: 6
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:24 km (15 mijl) SSW of Wells, NV (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Colorado Springs-Peterson AFB, CO (COS/KCOS), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Reno-Stead AFB, NV (KRTS), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
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.

Bronnen:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» Ruby Mountains Express


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Colorado Springs-Peterson AFB, CO en Reno-Stead AFB, NV bedraagt 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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