Airplane Crash - Houston, Texas 02/01/1975

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Houston, Texas


Date02/01/1975
Time08:58
LocationHouston, Texas
OperatorHorizon Properties
RouteLawton, OK - Huntsville, TX
TypeDouglas DC-3C
RegistrationN15HC
Cn/In43080
Aboard16
Fatalities5
Ground0
SummaryThe flight was diverted to Houston because weather at Huntsville was below minima. An ILS approach was abandoned due to intermittent operation of the aircraft ILS localizer receiver instruments. The crew then tried an approach with Houston TRACON monitoring on surveillance radar. The DC-3 descended too low until the left wing collided with a high power line tower, located 1.8 miles short of the runway. Fifteen feet of wing was torn off and the aircraft continued another 650 feet before striking the ground inverted. Improper in-flight decisions or planning and improper IFR operation.

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