Descripción del Accidente ASN 01 DEC 1944 Douglas DC-3-209 NC17322 - Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR)
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Estado:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Fecha:viernes 1 diciembre 1944
Hora:02:58
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-209
Operador:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Registración: NC17322
Numéro de série: 1968
Año de Construcción: 1937
Horas Totales de la Célula:22180
Motores: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 6 / Ocupantes: 20
Total:Fatalidades: 8 / Ocupantes: 23
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:10 km (6.3 milles) de Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo: 18
Descripción:
TWA's Flight 18 departed from San Francisco at 12:54 a.m. on the first leg of a transcontinental flight to New York. The first scheduled landing was Burbank. The flight was cleared to Burbank Airport for a standard instrument approach. During the approach the plane descended under instrument conditions to such a low altitude as to clip the tree tops and strike a power line pole and then crashed. In a normal approach the plane would have flown over this point at an altitude of about 1650 feet above the ground.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "On the basis of the evidence available the Board finds that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot's deviation from the standard instrument approach procedure when he descended below the established safe minimum altitude. A contributing factor was the company's failure to enforce adherence to company procedures."

Fuentes:
» CAB File No. 3236-44


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Distance from San Francisco Municipal Airport, CA to Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA as the crow flies is 521 km (326 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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