Airplane Crash - Decoto, California 08/24/1951

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Decoto, California


Date08/24/1951
Time04:28
LocationDecoto, California
OperatorUnited Air Lines
Flight #615
RouteBoston - Hartford - Cleveland - Chicago - Oakland
TypeDouglas DC-6B
RegistrationN37550
Cn/In43260/180
Aboard50
Fatalities50
Ground0
SummaryCleared for an approach to Oakland Municipal Airport, the aircraft crashed 15 miles SSE of the airport into Tolman peak. Patches of fog obscured the terrain. The aircraft struck a hill at an elevation of about 1,000 ft. at 225 to 240 mph. Neither of its 2 low-frequency receivers were tuned to the Oakland station and the captain may have attempted to fly by visual reference using the ADF. As a result, the flight was 3 miles off course and well below the minimum prescribed altitude. The failure of the captain to adhere to instrument procedures in the Newark area during an approach to the Oakland Municipal Airport.

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