Airplane Crash - Near Whittier, California 04/18/1952

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Whittier, California

LocationNear Whittier, California
OperatorNorth Continental Airlines (Robin Airlines)
Flight #416W
RouteKansas City, MO - Phoenix - Burbank
TypeCurtiss C-46F-1CU
SummaryThe plane was on a flight from New York City to Burbank, California. Due to poor visibility and fog, the flight was diverted to Los Angeles Airport for an ILS approach. While on approach, the plane crashed into the Puente Hills and burned. The pilot voluntarily descended below the minimum altitude for which he was cleared and attempted an approach at too low an altitude to clear the terrain. The pilot in command was flying with a restricted medical certificate. An emergency suspension was placed on the airline and it was discovered the airline had allegations of more than 40 violations listed against it including charges of overweight planes, excessive flying time for crews and failure to use approved seats and safety belts.

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