Airplane Crash - Near Sloan, 10 Miles Sw Of Las Vegas, Nevada 04/21/1958

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Sloan, 10 miles SW of Las Vegas, Nevada

LocationNear Sloan, 10 miles SW of Las Vegas, Nevada
OperatorUnited Air Lines / Military - U.S. Air Force
Flight #736
RouteLos Angeles - New York City
TypeDouglas DC-7 / F-100F
Cn/In45142 /243-31
SummaryThe DC-7 was en route from Los Angeles to Denver flying at 21,000 ft. The military jet was on a training mission being conducted under VFR. The fighter initiated an evasive maneuver just prior to colliding with the airliner. Both trainee and instructor aboard the F-100 were killed along with all forty-seven aboard the DC-7 airliner. A high rate of near head-on closure at high altitude, human and cockpit limitations and the failure of Nellis Air Force Base and the Civil Aeronautics Administration to take measures to reduce a known collision exposure as training exercises were allowed to be conducted within the confines of several airways after numerous close calls with military jets had been reported by airline crews for more than a year prior to the tragedy.

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