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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 189006
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Date:21-APR-1958
Time:08:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic SSAB model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American F-100F Super Sabre
Owner/operator:United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 56-3755
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:47
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Arden, NV -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Nellis AFB
Destination airport:
Narrative:
United Air Lines Flight 736, a DC-7, took off from Los Angeles (LAX) at 07:37 on an IFR flight to New York (JFK) with a planned cruising altitude of FL210.
At about 07:45 a US Air Force North American F-100F-5-NA Super Sabre fighter (56-3755) took off from Nellis AFB on an instrument training flight. During the exercise the flight was executing a simulated jet penetration in the area of Las Vegas, NV. At 08:30 the fighter plane pilot reported that they were descending from FL280 near the KRAM radio station. At the same time, United flight 736 was approaching the Las Vegas VOR. Both aircraft collided at FL210, 9 miles SW of Las Vegas VOR station on Victor Airway 8. Initial contact occurred between the leading edge of the DC-7 right wing and the leading edge of the F-100 right wing, 132 inches outboard of the aircraft centreline. It was determined that the DC-7 was flying at about 312 knots on a 23 deg. heading and the F-100 at 444 knots on a 145 deg heading. Assuming a small descent angle of the F-100, the closure speed was about 665kts. Both planes crashed out of control.

Sources:

https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19580421-0
Toledo Blade 21 April 1958, p1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Aug-2016 11:14 harro Added
22-Nov-2017 08:56 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source]

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