Airplane Crash - Off Mobile, Alabama 02/14/1953

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Off Mobile, Alabama


Date02/14/1953
Time17:10
LocationOff Mobile, Alabama
OperatorNational Airlines
Flight #470
RouteMiami - Orlando - New Orleans
TypeDouglas DC-6
RegistrationN90893
Cn/In43057/73
Aboard46
Fatalities46
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off Mobile, Alabama. The aircraft broke up in the turbulence of a 'frontal wave' storm after failure of the left wing. The loss of control followed by the in-flight failure and separation of portions of the airframe structure while the aircraft was traversing an intense frontal-wave type storm of extremely severe turbulence, the severity and location of which the pilot had not been fully informed.

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