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Accident description
Last updated: 10 December 2017
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Date:Monday 25 December 1944
Time:12:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-1-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-16151
C/n / msn: 20617
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:21 km (13.1 mls) SE of Quartzite, AZ (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tucson Municipal Airport, AZ (TUS/KTUS), United States of America
Destination airport:Palm Springs Municipal Airport, CA (PSP/KPSP), United States of America
Narrative:
The Douglas C-47B transport plane departed El Paso, Texas on a flight to Tucson, Arizona and Palm Springs, California.
The aircraft departed Tucson at 10:48 hours MWT for the last leg. It entered instrument conditions while flying over mountainous terrain and collided with Black Mesa Mountain, 15 feet below the summit. All aboard died.
The wreckage was located on 28 December 1944.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» 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 Tucson Municipal Airport, AZ to Palm Springs Municipal Airport, CA as the crow flies is 549 km (343 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 1377th loss
  • 448th fatal accident
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