Airplane Crash - Santa Maria, California 10/26/1959

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Santa Maria, California


Date10/26/1959
Time20:18
LocationSanta Maria, California
OperatorPacifiAir Lines
Flight #308
RouteLos Angeles - Oxnard - Santa Maria - Paso Robles
TypeDouglas C-47A-DL
RegistrationN67589
Cn/In19656
Aboard19
Fatalities1
Ground1
SummaryMoments after rotation the left engine exploded and caught fire. The elevator of the plane hit a 12,000 volt powerline and crash landed upright sliding 65 feet. The only fatality was the first officer who was thrown clear of the accident still strapped to his seat. The number 5 cylinder of the left engine failed leading to an explosion that deformed the left engine's ring cowl to a degree that cause excessive drag and buffeting that made sustained flight impossible. Maintenance records showed the engine had a troubling number of oil leaks.

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