Airplane Crash - Alvarado, California 03/20/1953

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Alvarado, California


Date03/20/1953
Time18:38
LocationAlvarado, California
OperatorTransocean Air Lines
Flight #942
RouteRoswell - Oakland - Guam
TypeDouglas DC-4 (C-54-10-DO)
RegistrationN88942
Cn/In36076
Aboard35
Fatalities35
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed into a flat barley field and burned. The aircraft first struck the ground with its right wing tip in a near vertical position, cartwheeled and disintegrated. All 30 passengers were maintenance personnel from the 509th Bomb Wing, noted for dropping the atomibombs on Japan. Accumulation of ice on the surfaces of the aircraft in sufficient magnitude to have caused loss of control. Official cause of loss of control unknown.

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