Accident Investigation Report: American Airlines, Thing Mountain, California, March 3, 1946

American Airlines' Flight 6-103 crashed against the east slope of Thing Mountain, California, at 0812 March 3, 1946, during a scheduled flight from El Paso and while descending toward San Diego. The 22 passengers and the crew of 3 were fatally injured, and the Douglas DC-3 was demolished by impact and subsequent fire. The Civil Aeronautics Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the action of the pilot in descending or permitting a descent to be made, into instrument conditions to an altitude below that required to maintain clearance over Thing Mountain. The reason for the descent has not been determined.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Adopted January 24, 1947; released January 30, 1947.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Civil Aeronautics Board

    1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Distribution Section
    Washington, DC  United States  20428
  • Publication Date: 1947-1-30


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: 9p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01674101
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: File no. 323-46
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 9 2018 7:47AM