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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Date:Tuesday 4 December 1951
Time:ca 19:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 45-931
C/n / msn: 34193/16934
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:San Gabriel Mountains, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:San Bernardino-Norton AFB, CA (SBD/KSBD), United States of America
Destination airport:Long Beach Airport, CA (LGB/KLGB), United States of America
The Douglas C-47D departed San Bernardino-Norton AFB, CA in marginal VFR conditions at 1930 hours local time on a flight to Long Beach, CA.
Approximately fifteen minutes later the aircraft crashed in the rugged San Gabriel Mountains many miles from the intended flight path.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from San Bernardino-Norton AFB, CA to Long Beach Airport, CA as the crow flies is 89 km (56 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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