Accident Douglas C-49K (DC-3) N19941, Tuesday 1 September 1953
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Date:Tuesday 1 September 1953
Time:18:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-49K (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Regina Cargo Airlines
Registration: N19941
MSN: 6333
Year of manufacture:1942
Total airframe hrs:8398 hours
Engine model:Wright R-1820
Fatalities:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:19 km SE of Vail, WA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Monterey-Fort Ord AFB, CA
Destination airport:Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The DC-3 took off from Monterey at 14:08 for a flight carrying military personnel to McChord AFB. The IFR flight plan was cancelled at 18:20. The aircraft crashed some 26 miles short of the Air Force Base.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's attempt to continue flight under the provisions of Visual Flight Rules during instrument conditions."

Sources:

CAB File No. 1-0071
ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (107-108)

Statistics

  • 22nd worst accident in 1953
  • 221st worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 124th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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