Airplane Crash - San Francisco Bay, California 04/20/1953

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - San Francisco Bay, California


Date04/20/1953
Time23:08
LocationSan Francisco Bay, California
OperatorWestern Airlines
Flight #636
RouteLos Angeles - San Francisco - Oakland
TypeDouglas DC-6B
RegistrationN91303
Cn/In43823
Aboard10
Fatalities8
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft descended below minimum altitude and crashed into the sea. The pilot's action in continuing a descent below the 500 ft. prescribed minimum altitude until the aircraft struck the water. A probable contributing factor to the aircraft striking the water was the sensory illusion experienced by the pilots.

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