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Accident description
Last updated: 15 December 2017
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Date:Friday 16 March 1945
Time:17:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-30676
C/n / msn: 13827
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:16 km (10 mls) SW of Lee Vining, CA (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 3505 m (11499 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Riverside-March AFB, CA (RIV/KRIV), United States of America
Destination airport:Shafter-Minter Field, CA (MIT/KMIT), United States of America
Narrative:
A C-47 transport plane was destroyed when it flew into the side of a mountain near Lee Vining, CA, killing all four aboard.
The airplane was flying in instrument conditions when the accident occurred. It struck a mountain slope at an elevation of about 11500 feet and broke up.
The wreckage was found on September 23, 1945.

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 Riverside-March AFB, CA to Shafter-Minter Field, CA as the crow flies is 251 km (157 miles).

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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