Date & Time: Jan 11, 1930 at 0238 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 95
Operator:
Registration:
NC420E
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Postal (mail)
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Los Angeles – Las Vegas – Salt Lake City
MSN:
1064
YOM:
1929
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Pilot Maurice Graham was performing a mail flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City with an intermediate stop in Las Vegas. He left Las Vegas at 2200LT bound for Salt Lake City. While flying at night over the mountains east of Cedar City, Utah, he encountered poor weather conditions with blizzard. At a height of 12,000 feet, aircraft stalled and crash landed on a mountain slope. Pilot was unhurt and walked away with the mail package. As the aircraft did not arrive in Salt Lake City, SAR mission was organized but no trace of the aircraft nor the pilot was found. Eventually, Ward Mortenson and Elburn Orton, two youthful sheepherders, found the wreckage of the aircraft on 24 June 1930 some 22 miles south of Cedar City, in the Kanarra Mountains. The dead body of the pilot was found few days later, in July 1930, six miles from the crash site.