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Datum:woensdag 7 december 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-1-DL (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:California Arrow Airlines
Registratie: NC60256
Constructienummer: 9201
Bouwjaar: 1943
Aantal vlieguren:7722
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-65
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 6 / inzittenden: 6
Totaal:slachtoffers: 9 / inzittenden: 9
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:10 km (6.3 mijl) E of Vallejo, CA (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Oakland Municipal Airport, CA (OAK/KOAK), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Sacramento (unknown airport), CA, Verenigde Staten
The flight departed Burbank at 14:20 for Oakland and Sacramento. Following takeoff from Oakland at 16:56, the flight cruised five miles northwest of the Oakland Airport for seven minutes while waiting for receipt of an instrument flight clearance which provided for a cruising altitude of 4,000 feet to Sacramento. The flight then proceeded on course, and at 17:08 reported over the Richmond Radio Range Intersection, 16 miles northwest of Oakland, stating that it would be over the Fairfield Radio Range Station at 17:23. This was the last communication received from the flight. Proceeding along Amber Airway 8, the aircraft began to descend for unknown reasons. The aircraft struck a hill at an elevation of 782 feet or approximately 3,200 feet below the flights assigned cruising altitude.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the flight to fly at the assigned altitude on an instrument flight plan, which resulted in the aircraft striking a hill obscured by clouds."

» CAB File No: 1-0132


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