Airplane Crash - Diablo Mts., California 01/28/1948

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Diablo Mts., California


Date01/28/1948
Time10:50
LocationDiablo Mts., California
OperatorAirline Transport Carriers
RouteBurbank - Oakland
TypeDouglas DC-3 (C-47B-DK)
RegistrationNC36480
Cn/In16850/33598
Aboard32
Fatalities32
Ground0
SummaryThe crew took the wrong plane which was scheduled for maintenance. An in-flight fire caused the engine and then wing to separate from the aircraft and crash out of control. Tests showed a fuel pump was broken in the left engine and would spray gasoline out where it could be ignited by the exhaust. The failure of the left wing in flight as a result of damage by fire which had its source in a defective left engine driven fuel pump.

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