Airplane Crash - Near San Diego, California 12/24/1946

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near San Diego, California


Date12/24/1946
Time19:19
LocationNear San Diego, California
OperatorWestern Airlines
Flight #44
RouteHoltville - San Diego
TypeDouglas DC-3 ( C-53D-DO)
RegistrationNC45395
Cn/In42-68715
Aboard12
Fatalities12
Ground0
SummaryCrashed east slope of Cuyapaipe Mountain at 6,120 ft. in San Diego County in poor weather conditions. The conduct of the flight at an altitude which would not clear obstructions, due to an error by the pilot in determining his position with respect to Laguna Mountain.

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