Airplane Crash - Burbank, California 01/10/1945

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Burbank, California


Date01/10/1945
Time04:10
LocationBurbank, California
OperatorAmerican Airlines
Flight #6001
RouteNew York City - Juarez, Mexico - Burbank
TypeDouglas DC-3
RegistrationNC25684
Cn/In2215
Aboard24
Fatalities24
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft, lost in fog, crashed into the Verdugo Mountains, while attempting to reach Palmdale Airport, its alternate landing site, after being unable to land at Burbank Airport. The company ground personnel failed to obtain and transmit important weather to the pilot. Improperly executed missed approach by the pilot. Actress Donna Reed was returning from Juarez where she obtained a divorce from her husband but was bumped from the flight just prior to takeoff to make room for a military officer holding a wartime-travel priority pass.

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