Airplane Crash - Uniontown, Pennsylvania 04/07/1936

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Uniontown, Pennsylvania


Date04/07/1936
Time10:20
LocationUniontown, Pennsylvania
OperatorTrans Continental and Western Air
Flight #1
RouteNewark - Los Angeles
TypeDouglas DC-2-112
RegistrationNC13721
Cn/In1247
Aboard15
Fatalities13
Ground0
SummaryCrashed into Chestnut Ridge in fog. The poor judgment on the part of the pilot for flying by visual ground observation methods after having descended through the clouds and overcast in mountainous terrain at a point unknown to him. Because of clouds and poor visibility, this required flying close to the ground whereas the safest method under such circumstances was to climb into or above the overcast to a safe altitude and determine the location of the plane by instruments and radio.

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