Accident Douglas DC-3-194H NC25675, Thursday 31 January 1946
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Date:Thursday 31 January 1946
Time:02:47
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3-194H
Owner/operator:United Airlines
Registration: NC25675
MSN: 2147
Year of manufacture:1939
Total airframe hrs:16333 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Elk Mountain, WY -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Boise Air Terminal, ID (BOI/KBOI)
Destination airport:Denver (unknown airport), CO
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The crew made an unauthorized deviation from the airway, trying to reduce distance on a 'dog-leg' of the airway. The DC-3 collided with Elk Mountain 340 feet below the crest, at an elevation approximately 180 feet below its assigned cruising altitude (11,000 feet) and 4 1/2 miles south of Airway Green 3.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The deviation from the prescribed route at an altitude insufficient to assure adequate clearance over Elk Mountain."

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. 257-46

Statistics

  • 31st worst accident in 1946
  • 221st worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 61st worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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