Airplane Crash - Near Las Vegas, Nevada 01/16/1942

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Las Vegas, Nevada

LocationNear Las Vegas, Nevada
OperatorTrans Continental and Western Air
Flight #3
RouteLas Vegas - Los Angeles
TypeDouglas DC-3
SummaryThe aircraft crashed into Mt. Potosi (Double Up Peak, Table Spring Mountain, Olcott Mountain), 32 miles SW of Las Vegas, NV, 15 minutes after taking off from the Western Airlines terminal building at Las Vegas. The aircraft clipped a rocky ledge, cartwheeled into the face of a cliff and exploded, scattering wreckage at the bottom of a ravine. Actress Carole Lombard, 33, her mother, and press agent were killed in the crash. Her mother did not want to fly and a coin was tossed to see whether the trip would be made by train or plane. The actress was returning from a war-bond promotion. The flight was 6.7 miles off course for unknown reasons. Failure of the captain to follow a proper course and make use of navigation facilities available to him. A contributing factor was the blackout of beacons in the area made necessary because of the war emergency.

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