Airplane Crash - Near Salt Lake City, Utah 12/18/1977

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Salt Lake City, Utah

LocationNear Salt Lake City, Utah
OperatorUnited Air Lines
RouteSan Francisco, CA - Salt Lake City, Utah
TypeDouglas DC-8-54F
SummaryWhile in a holding pattern because of electrical problems the cargo plane cashed into 7,600 ft. mountain. The approach controller's issuance and the flight crew's acceptance of an incomplete and ambiguous holding clearance in combination with the flight crew's failure to adhere to prescribed impairment-of-communications procedures and prescribed holding procedures. The controller's and flight crew's actions are attributed to probable habits of imprecise communication and of imprecise adherence to procedures developed through years of exposure to operations in a radar environment. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the aircraft's No.1 electrical system for unknown reasons.

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