Accident Douglas DC-3-277B NC21799, Sunday 3 March 1946
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Date:Sunday 3 March 1946
Time:08:12
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3-277B
Owner/operator:American Airlines
Registration: NC21799
MSN: 2203
Year of manufacture:1940
Total airframe hrs:16322 hours
Engine model:Wright R-1820-G102
Fatalities:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Thing Mountain, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS/KTUS)
Destination airport:San Diego (unknown airport), CA
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
At 05:59 the aircraft departed Tucson for a flight to San Diego. At 07:54 the weather report for San Diego read: indefinite ceiling 1,200 feet, broken clouds; visibility 8 miles. Receipt of this information was acknowledged by Flight 6-103 and immediately thereafter the flight reported that it had been over El Centro, California, at 07:53 at 8,000 feet. Somehow the airplane thereafter descended until it crashed into Thing Mountain at an altitude of approx. 4860 feet.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The action of the pilot in descending or permitting a descent to be made, into instrument conditions to an altitude below that required to maintain clearance over Thing Mountain. The reason for this descent has not been determined."

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

Sources:

CAB File No. 323-46

Statistics

  • 13th worst accident in 1946
  • 121st worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 21st worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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