Airplane Crash - Van Nuys, California 02/08/1976

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Van Nuys, California


Date02/08/1976
Time10:44
LocationVan Nuys, California
OperatorMercer Airlines
RouteBurbank - Ontario
TypeDouglas DC-6
RegistrationN901MA
Cn/In36326
Aboard6
Fatalities3
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft took off from Burbank when a propeller blade separated, causing an engine failure. The aircraft circled back to the airport and attempted an emergency landing but upon touchdown the plane’s speed was too great. As a result, the landing was aborted and the flight crew opted to divert to nearby Van Nuys Airport. While en route, a second engine failed and the aircraft crashed onto the Woodley Golf Course one mile short of the runway at Van Nuys. The aircraft plowed into a small unoccupied building and came to rest against a portable bungalow.

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