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nitepilot79
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1946 AA DC-3 Crash In California Discovered

Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:04 am

According to the video in the link, looks like the DC-3 (may) have suffered a radio compass failure which -may- have caused, or helped cause, a CFIT during IMC. The official verdict, way back when, gave the pilots 100% of the blame. Hopefully this recent find will shed some light on exactly what happened...

http://www.yahoo.com/news/video/man-...covers-70-old-plane-225014379.html

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"A California man who spent months searching for the wreckage of an American Airlines plane that crashed in the San Diego mountains in 1946 has stumbled onto a key piece of history."
 
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RE: 1946 AA DC-3 Crash In California Discovered

Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:48 pm

Interesting. I hope that he can provide additional evidence to support his theory. If so, he could at least partially vindicate the flight crew. In 1946, aviation had made tremendous technical strides, but was still operating relatively primitively. As we have learned sadly in recent years, over reliance on technology can have devastating consequences.
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nitepilot79
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RE: 1946 AA DC-3 Crash In California Discovered

Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:17 pm

nikehrc quote:

n 1946, aviation had made tremendous technical strides, but was still operating relatively primitively. As we have learned sadly in recent years, over reliance on technology can have devastating consequences.

nitepilot79:
A see-saw effect, it seems...
 
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RE: 1946 AA DC-3 Crash In California Discovered

Sun Mar 06, 2016 3:29 pm

He didn't discover an unknown crash site, he located a previously cleaned up crash site.
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nitepilot79
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RE: 1946 AA DC-3 Crash In California Discovered

Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:20 pm

Thanks for the clarification.

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