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Date:Sunday 2 January 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-49J
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-1982
MSN: 5000
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-71
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Los Angeles-Mines Field, CA (LAX) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Sacramento-McClellan AFB, CA (MCC/KMCC), United States of America
Destination airport:Los Angeles-Mines Field, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
The C-49 departed McClellan Field at 18:30 on a cargo flight to Mines Field. Instrument conditions existed en route and during descent. At 21:17 the airplane was cleared to land on runway 07L. Visibility was good apart from some ground fog on the eastern side of the runway. The pilot was surprise by the ground fog and carried out a go around. The airplane continued on runway heading for about a mile before it collided with high tension power lines.
The airplane continued to descend. It struck trees, power lines and clipped a house at 5053W 106th Street. The C-49 then crashed into a car and came to rest in a vacant lot at 5016 W 106th Street where it burst into flames

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles


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Distance from Sacramento-McClellan AFB, CA to Los Angeles-Mines Field, CA as the crow flies is 586 km (366 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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