ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-5-DL (DC-3) NC57850 Elko, NV
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 5 September 1946
Time:01:32
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
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
Aircraft 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
Narrative:
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."

Accident investigation:

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Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» 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).

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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  • 2385th loss
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