Accident Douglas DC-3C N65276, Sunday 21 April 1957
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Date:Sunday 21 April 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3C
Owner/operator:Frontier Airlines (FL)
Registration: N65276
MSN: 19202
Year of manufacture:1943
Total airframe hrs:26844 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3-G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:64 km N of Phoenix, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Prescott Airport, AZ (PRC/KPRC)
Destination airport:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Frontier flight 7 was a regular service between Denver, CO and Phoenix, AZ with several intermediate stops. The flight departed Prescott, Arizona at 13:21 for the final leg. Cruising altitude was 6500 feet. En route the airplane descended due to decreasing visibility. At an altitude of about 4600 feet the left wing impacted the side of a mountain ridge. The portion of the left wing and the aileron torn off was from station 286.4 outboard to the tip.
A safe landing was made at Phoenix at 14:05.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the attempt by the pilot to fly over mountainous terrain by visual reference to the ground in weather conditions which severely restricted forward visibility and necessitated a descent to a dangerously low altitude."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


CAB Report

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Other occurrences involving this aircraft

21 December 1967 N65276 Frontier Airlines (FL) 2 Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN) w/o

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