Airplane Crash - Mt. Gilbert, Alaska 06/14/1960

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Mt. Gilbert, Alaska


Date06/14/1960
Time04:47
LocationMt. Gilbert, Alaska
OperatorPacifiNorthern Airlines
Flight #201
RouteCordova - Anchorage
TypeLockheed 749A-79-32 Constellation
RegistrationN1554V
Cn/In2555
Aboard14
Fatalities14
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft failed to maintain its intended flight path and crashed into the face of Mt. Gilbert at 9,646 ft. after taking off from Cordova. The crew's failure to use all available navigational aids in establishing the aircraft's position on Amber I Airway thereby allowing the aircraft to proceed off course over dangerous terrain. A contributing factor to the accident was the failure of air defense radar, which had been tracking the aircraft, to notify either ARTCC or the crew that the aircraft was proceeding on a dangerous course.

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