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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Sunday 23 February 1930
Type:Fokker F.10A
Operator:Western Air Express
Registration: NC279E
MSN: 1011
First flight: 1929
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:25 km (15.6 mls) NE of San Bernardino, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Albuquerque-West Mesa Airport, NM, United States of America
Destination airport:Los Angeles Municipal Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
The aircraft impacted Shay Mountain near San Bernardino, California, killing both pilots and a steward. There was a snow storm in the area at the time of the accident.
The wreckage was located after twelve days.


» TWA Skyliner Magazine, 1988-08-15


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Distance from Albuquerque-West Mesa Airport, NM to Los Angeles Municipal Airport, CA as the crow flies is 1071 km (669 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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