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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 4 November 1940
Time:04:42
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-197
Operator:United Air Lines
Registration: NC16086
C/n / msn: 1925
First flight: 1937
Total airframe hrs:8694
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3-G
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Centerville, UT (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Elko Airport, NV (EKO/KEKO), United States of America
Destination airport:Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), United States of America
Narrative:
Crashed into the west side Bountiful Peak at the 6700 ft level during a snowstorm due to failure of navigational equipment.
. Bountiful Peak is located in the Wasatch Mountains
The aircraft operated United Air Lines Trip 16 from from Oakland Municipal Airport, California to Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, Utah with stops at San Francisco and Sacrmento, California, and Reno and Elko, Nevada.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
The malfunctioning of the Salt Lake radio range.
Substantial contributing factors to the accident were:
(1) The failure of the communications operators at Tintic, Plymouth, and Salt Lake City, Utah, whose duty it was to monitor the range, to detect its malfunctioning and immediately notify those concerned; and
(2) The failure of the pilot of Trip 16 to follow to the fullest extent established radio range techique in accordance with the requirements of the procedre established by United and approved by the Civil Aeronautics Administratir.

Classification:
Navigational beacons inoperative
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Elko Airport, NV to Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, UT as the crow flies is 319 km (199 miles).

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