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Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:jeudi 17 juin 1948
Heure:12:41
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Compagnie:United Airlines
Immatriculation: NC37506
Numéro de série: 42871/12
Année de Fabrication: 1947
Heures de vol:1245
Moteurs: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Equipage:victimes: 4 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 39 / à bord: 39
Total:victimes: 43 / à bord: 43
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:5 km (3.1 milles) ENE of Mount Carmel, PA (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Élévation des lieux de l'accident: 503 m (1650 feet) amsl
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Chicago Municipal Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:UA624
Détails:
United Air Lines flight 624 was a U.S. coast-to-coast service from Los Angeles, California to New York, New York with an en route stop at Chicago, Illinois.
The Douglas DC-6, named "Mainliner Utah", arrived in Chicago at 09:52 hours local time. After a 52-minute turnaround, the DC-6 departed for New York. The airplane climbed to its planned en route altitude of 17,000 feet. At 12:23, and at 12:27 the crew made a routine acknowledgment of a clearance to descend en route to an altitude between 13,000 and 11,000 feet.
A little later a fire warning led the crew to believe that a fire had erupted in the forward cargo hold. They then discharged at least one bank of the CO2 fire extinguisher bottles in the forward cargo hold. Because they did not follow the correct procedure, the cabin pressure relief valves were closed. This caused hazardous concentrations of the CO2 gas to enter into the cockpit. These concentrations reduced the pilots to a state of confused consciousness, probably resulting in loss of consciousness. An emergency descent was initiated until the aircraft described a shallow left turn, heading towards constantly rising terrain. Five miles east of Shamokin, Pennsylvania, the airplane, flying only 200 feet above the ground, entered a right climbing turn. As it passed to the north of Mount Carmel, the climbing turning attitude increased sharply. The airplane then crashed in a power line clearing on wooded hillside at an elevation of 1,649 feet. The airplane struck a 66,000 volt transformer, severed power lines and burst into flames.
Investigation revealed that the fire warning in the cargo compartment had been false.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the incapacitation of the crew by a concentration of CO2 gas in the cockpit."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: File No. 1-0075-48
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» CAB File No. 1-0075-48


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La distance entre Chicago Municipal Airport, IL et New York-La Guardia Airport, NY est de 1156 km (722 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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