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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Saturday 4 January 1941
Time:18:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R2D-1 (DC-2)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 9622
C/n / msn: 1327
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:43 km (26.9 mls) E of San Diego-North Island NAS, CA (NZY) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Big Spring-Webb AFB, TX (BGS/KBPG), United States of America
Destination airport:San Diego-North Island NAS, CA (NZY/KNZY), United States of America
Narrative:
The US Navy R2D-1 transport plane impacted Mother Grundy Peak, a 3068 feet mountain, about 20 feet below the summit, killing all aboard. Visibility was poor at the time of the accident.
The aircraft operated on a transport flight from Big Spring, Texas to San Diego, California. On board were four crew memers and seven passengers. Four of the passengers were crew members that had parachuted safely from a four-engined Navy patrol bomber that ran into trouble in Texas on January 2, 1941.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Eugene Register-Guard - Jan 6, 1941
» Folha da Noite 6 January 1941, p17
» El Siglo de Torreón 6 January 1941, p3
» Chicago Daily Tribune 6 Jan 1941
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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Distance from Big Spring-Webb AFB, TX to San Diego-North Island NAS, CA as the crow flies is 1463 km (914 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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