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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Friday 1 December 1944
Time:19:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-60A-1-LO Lodestar
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-32197
C/n / msn: 18-2287
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) W of Keene, CA (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 1310 m (4298 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Hondo AAF, TX (HDO/KHDO), United States of America
Destination airport:Fresno Air Terminal, CA (FAT/KFAT), United States of America
Narrative:
The Lockheed Lodestar collided with the north slope of Bear Mountain at an elevation of 4300 ft msl. The pilot was probably descending in instrument conditions when the accident happened.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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Distance from Hondo AAF, TX to Fresno Air Terminal, CA as the crow flies is 2065 km (1291 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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