ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47B-1-DL (DC-3) 43-16374 Auburn, CA
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Date:Wednesday 28 November 1945
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: 43-16374
MSN: 20840
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 25
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) NW of Auburn, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Palm Springs Municipal Airport, CA (PSP/KPSP), United States of America
Destination airport:Sacramento-McClellan AFB, CA (MCC/KMCC), United States of America
Flightnumber: 115
This C-47B was a regular Military Air Transport Flight from Tucson-Davis Monthan Field, AZ to Sacramento-McClellan Field, CA. The airplane departed at 14:07. A refueling stop was made at Palm Springs, CA. After departing Palm Springs at 15:41 the route of flight was direct to Fresno in CFR conditions. From Fresno the crew continued IFR to McClellan. It was dark by the time the C-47 arrived in the Sacramento area. The crew were not able to locate the airfield and circled the area for some time. The airplane flew into a hillside and caught fire.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» The Auburn C-47B “Lost on Final Approach” A/C 43-16374 November 28, 1945 By Don R. Jordan
» Prescott Evening Courier - Nov 29, 1945


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Distance from Palm Springs Municipal Airport, CA to Sacramento-McClellan AFB, CA as the crow flies is 689 km (431 miles).

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