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Date:Monday 28 June 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Lake Riverside Estates
Registration: N90627
MSN: 4642
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Shelter Cove, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Shelter Cove Airport, CA, United States of America
Destination airport:San Jose Municipal Airport, CA (SJC/KSJC), United States of America
The DC-3 wasn't able to gain height on takeoff from the 3000 feet Shelter Cove runway. The wheels left the ground twice, but the aircraft touched down again 150 feet past the runway end. The undercarriage struck a transformer and the no. 1 engine struck the roof of a sewage disposal building. The DC-3 became airborne again and arched downward over the cliffs, into the ocean and crashed 150yds offshore. The pilot had failed to remove the rudder and elevator gust locks.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - gust locks engaged
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water



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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 4052nd loss
  • 1602nd fatal accident
  • 277th worst accident (at the time)
  • 305th worst accident (currently)
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