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Last updated: 23 October 2021
Date:Tuesday 22 August 1950
Time:02:37 MST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N90705
MSN: 42858/9
First flight: 1947
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 54
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 59
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:near Eagle, CO (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago (unknown airport), IL, United States of America
En route, the no. 3 propeller failed. A propeller blade struck and punctured the fuselage, causing a cabin decompression. A safe landing was carried out at Denver. One passenger who had heart trouble died prior to landing.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The internal gouging of a propeller blade during the manufacturing process which resulted in a fatigue fracture and subsequent failure during flight."

Prop/turbine blade separation
Forced landing on runway

» CAB File No.: 1-0109


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