Date & Time: Feb 9, 1937 at 2050 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas DC-3
Operator:
Registration:
NC16073
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Los Angeles – San Francisco – Oakland
MSN:
1913
YOM:
1936
Flight number:
UA023
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
8
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
On final approach, the aircraft lost 400 feet in few seconds and eventually crashed into the bay of San Francisco, some two miles off the airport. All eleven occupants were killed.
Crew:
A. R. Thompson, pilot,
Joe Decesaro, copilot,
Ruth Kimmel, stewardess.
Probable cause:
It is the opinion of the Accident Board that the probable cause of this accident was accidental jamming of the elevator controls as the result of a microphone being inadvertently dropped and lodging in such a position that the crew was unable to prevent rapid descent of the airplane.
Final Report:
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