Airplane Crash - Rocky Mountain Nat. Park, Near Ft. Collins, Colorado 06/30/1951

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Rocky Mountain Nat. Park, near Ft. Collins, Colorado


Date06/30/1951
Time02:00
LocationRocky Mountain Nat. Park, near Ft. Collins, Colorado
OperatorUnited Air Lines
Flight #610
RouteSalt Lake City - Denver
TypeDouglas DC-6B
RegistrationN37543
Cn/In43144/155
Aboard50
Fatalities50
Ground0
SummaryEn route from San Francisco to Denver after passing the Cheyenne radio range the aircraft turned south in the wrong heading. Flying in darkness, the aircraft continued on this course until it hit Crystal Mountain. The captain may have depressed the wrong control switch or may have turned his ADF in such a way that it was affected by the radio range station at Fort Bridger, WY. Officially, the flight for reasons undetermined, failed to follow the prescribed route to Denver and continued beyond the boundary of the airway on a course which resulted in the aircraft striking mountainous terrain.

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