Airplane Crash - Near Wemme, Oregon 10/01/1966

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Wemme, Oregon


Date10/01/1966
Time19:10
LocationNear Wemme, Oregon
OperatorWest Coast Airlines
Flight #956
RouteEugene - Portland
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-9-14
RegistrationN9101
Cn/In45794/52
Aboard18
Fatalities18
Ground0
SummaryThe plane crashed into Salmon Mountain while on approach to Portland. The pilots evidently had agreed to maintain 9,000 feet, but descended instead. The aircraft hit the mountain at the 3,830-foot level of a 4,090-foot ridge. The crew's descent below its clearance limit and below that of surrounding obstructing terrain for reasons unknown. First crash of a DC-9.

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