Date & Time: Oct 17, 1937 at 2100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas DC-3
Operator:
Registration:
NC16074
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Newark – Chicago – Cheyenne – Salt Lake City – Los Angeles
MSN:
1914
YOM:
1936
Flight number:
UA001
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
16
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
19
Captain / Total flying hours:
11000
Copilot / Total flying hours:
3500
Circumstances:
While cruising at 10,000 feet at night and in bad weather conditions, pilot tried to contact ATC without any success. He could not receive any signal from the regional beacon and decided to continue ahead to Salt Lake City Airport. Few minutes later, in low visibility, the aircraft hit the Haydens Peak at a height of 10,000 feet and located 81 km east from Salt Lake City and 32 km southwest from Knight. All 19 occupants were killed. Up to date, worst plane crash in the US.
Crew:
Earl D. Woodgerd, pilot,
John B. Adams, copilot,
Leah Derr, stewardess.
Probable cause:
It is the opinion of the Investigating Board that the probable cause of this accident was a combination of the following three factors:
Static conditions encountered in the last portion of the flight which rendered the reception of radio range signals unintelligible,
The continuation of the flight into mountainous country at an altitude below of higher mountains without the aid of ground visibility or radio signals to definitely identify position,
A change in the weather caused by the approach of an unpredicted cold front.
Final Report: