Airplane Crash - Near Half Moon Bay, California 10/29/1953

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Half Moon Bay, California


Date10/29/1953
Time08:44
LocationNear Half Moon Bay, California
OperatorBritish Commonwealth PacifiAirlines
Flight #304/44
RouteSydney - Honolulu - San Francisco
TypeDouglas DC-6
RegistrationVH-BPE
Cn/In43125
Aboard19
Fatalities19
Ground0
SummaryWhile flying in fog on an approach to San Francisco International Airport, the aircraft crashed into a redwood forest on a mountain ridge, 7.5 miles southeast of Half Moon Bay. The plane struck the ridge of King's Mountain and broke up, scattering wreckage over a half-mile area. Failure of the crew to follow prescribed procedures for an instrument approach. American pianist, William Kapell, 31, killed.

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