Airplane Crash - Near Cheyenne, Wyoming 10/07/1935

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Cheyenne, Wyoming


Date10/07/1935
Time02:19
LocationNear Cheyenne, Wyoming
OperatorUnited Air Lines
Flight #4
RouteSalt Lake City - Cheyenne
TypeBoeing 247D
RegistrationNC13317
Cn/In1698
Aboard12
Fatalities12
Ground0
SummaryWhile flying in a normal, slightly descending path, the aircraft first collided with the ground just a few feet below the top of a small knoll tearing out both engines and engine nacelles. It then rebounded and continued through the air for a distance of 1,120 feet, where it came to rest. Error on the part of the pilot in executing an abrupt maneuver with insufficient altitude for safety and failure of the pilot to maintain proper control of the aircraft during this maneuver.

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