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Last updated: 26 January 2022
Datum:woensdag 10 januari 1945
Tijd:ca 04:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-277B
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:American Airlines
Registratie: NC25684
Constructienummer: 2215
Bouwjaar: 1940
Aantal vlieguren:14888
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 21 / inzittenden: 21
Totaal:slachtoffers: 24 / inzittenden: 24
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:nabij Burbank-Hollywood, CA (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), Verenigde Staten
After making the standard instrument let-down approach to the Burbank Airport the airplane was observed to cross the airport at the ragged base of the clouds and was seen to start a left turn as if circling for a landing. Soon after making the turn the captain radioed the control tower that he could not maintain visual contact with the ground and as proceeding to his alternate, Palmdale. The United States Weather Bureau observations disclosed that below minimum weather conditions exist at Burbank at the time. The pilot had not been properly advised of the latest weather reports. The plane was not heard from or seen again until after daylight at which time the wreckage was sighted in the nearby foothills approximately 2-3/4 miles northeast of the airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The possibility of an accident became a potentiality when the company ground personnel failed to obtain and transmit important weather to the pilot. Failure to obtain and transmit this information to the pilot constitutes negligence on the part of the company. This, however, did not relieve the pilot of his responsibility to conduct a safe flight although it did place him in a disadvantageous position. Had no properly execution the "missed-approach" procedure it is unlikely that the accident would have occurred. The Board, therefore, determines that the probable cause of this accident was "the pilot's attempt to use the standard 'missed-approach' procedure after having followed another course up to a point there it was impossible to apply this procedure safely."

» CAB File No. 119-45
» San Mateo Times January 10,1945


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ en Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA bedraagt 589 km (368 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 1450e ongeval
  • 495e dodelijk ongeval
  • 11e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 132e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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