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Last updated: 6 December 2021
Date:Monday 24 September 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas VC-47A (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-48146
MSN: 25407/13962
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mount Yale, CO (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Colorado Springs-Ent Air Force Base, CO, United States of America
Destination airport:Novato-Hamilton AFB, CA, United States of America
Impacted the rocky north face of 14,172-foot Mt. Yale.

» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde


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Distance from Colorado Springs-Ent Air Force Base, CO to Novato-Hamilton AFB, CA as the crow flies is 1532 km (958 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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
  • 3325th loss
  • 1241st fatal accident
  • 294th worst accident (at the time)
  • 440th worst accident (currently)
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