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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 20 September 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-16002
MSN: 20468
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Oat Mountain, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Palmdale AFB, CA (PMD/KPMD), United States of America
Destination airport:Oxnard Airport, CA (OXR/KOXR), United States of America
The C-47A transport plane, based at Oxnard Air Force Base, California, operated on a training mission to Palmdale Air Force Base and back. The flight took off from Oxnard at 18:42 and proceeded to Palmdale where several touch-and-goes were performed.
At 21:02 the flight headed back to Oxnard. There was a dense cloud layer obscuring the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys. The flight continued under VFR until it impacted the side of Oat Mountain at an elevation of 3200 feet. It careened onto a gentle slope.

» Historic Aircraft Wrecks of Los Angeles County / G. Pat Macha
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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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 Palmdale AFB, CA to Oxnard Airport, CA as the crow flies is 113 km (70 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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