Airplane Crash - Santa Ana, California 11/23/1968

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Santa Ana, California


Date11/23/1968
Time19:59
LocationSanta Ana, California
OperatorCable Commuter
Flight #544
RouteLos Angeles - Santa Ana
Typede Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 200
RegistrationN7666
Cn/In148
Aboard9
Fatalities9
Ground0
SummaryWhile on approach to the airport, in dense fog, the aircraft descended prematurely and its left wing clipped a 30 ft. light pole on the grounds of a fire station 1.8 miles northwest of the runway threshold. The plane then veered into the adjacent elevated western embankment of a freeway and broke up, spewing flaming wreckage across all six traffilanes. Improper IFR operation. Misjudged altitude.

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