Airplane Crash - Whittier, California 01/09/1975

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Whittier, California


Date01/09/1975
Time16:07
LocationWhittier, California
OperatorGolden West Airlines / Private
Flight #261
RouteOntario - Los Angeles
Typede Hav Can. DHC-6 Tw Otter 100/ Cessna
RegistrationN6383
Cn/In83
Aboard14
Fatalities14
Ground0
SummaryMidair collision between a DHC-6 and a Cessna 150 at 2,200 feet while approaching Ontario Airport. Twelve aboard the Otter and two aboard the Cessna killed. The failure of both flight crews to see the other aircraft in sufficient time to initiate evasive action. This was because of the position of the sun, the closure angle of the aircraft and the necessity of the Twin Otter's flight crew to acquire visual contact with radar reported traffidirectly ahead of them.

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