Airplane Crash - Lebec, California 11/13/1946

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Lebec, California


Date11/13/1946
Time03:41
LocationLebec, California
OperatorWestern Airlines
Flight #23
RoutePalmdale - Burbank
TypeDouglas C-53D-DO (DC-3)
RegistrationNC18645
Cn/In11662
Aboard11
Fatalities11
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed into White Mountain at an elevation of 6,000 feet, in rain and 70 mph winds after being blown off course while on a heading from Palmdale to Newhall. Possible downdraft. The action of the pilot in making an instrument letdown without previously establishing a positive radio fix. This action was aggravated by conditions of severe static, wind in excess of anticipated velocities, preoccupation with an unusual amount of radio conversation, and the inoperative Newhall radio range.

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