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Accident description
Last updated: 15 December 2017
Date:Thursday 5 September 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-5-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Trans-Luxury Airlines
Registration: NC57850
C/n / msn: 9214
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:2137
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) W of Elko, NV (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cheyenne Airport, WY (CYS/KCYS), United States of America
Destination airport:Elko Airport, NV (EKO/KEKO), United States of America
The DC-3 lost visual contact in ground fog while approaching Elko. It struck the ground 20 feet below the top of up sloping terrain, cleared the top and disintegrated and burned. Weather at the time of the accident included: ceiling measured 200 feet, thin overcast; lower thin scattered clouds at 100 feet; visibility 7 miles; wind ENE at 6 mph; altimeter setting 30.14.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's action in continuing a landing approach after having lost visual contract with the airport under conditions of dense ground fog. A contributing factor was the pilot's unfamiliarity with the terrain in the immediate vicinity of the airport."

» CAB File No. 2267-46


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Distance from Cheyenne Airport, WY to Elko Airport, NV as the crow flies is 915 km (572 miles).

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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2367th loss
  • 706th fatal accident
  • 68th worst accident (at the time)
  • 223rd worst accident (currently)
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