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...Or at least the first four I could find anyway.  I've been hanging around the forums for several years due to it's inherent awesomeness and wealth of info, and such.  I've got a history blog about famous, infamous, and  unusual disasters that I work on to keep me off the streets and out of trouble, and I knocked out a trio of posts about these four incidents if you guys would like to read them...

First one's the Boeing PW-9/Ford Trimotor crash in San Diego in 1929. Caused by a Navy pilot stunting. This one had several interesting parallels to PSA-182, interestingly enough. The PW-9, from the sounds of things, was in a near-vertical left bank when the Trimotor nailed him, flipping the fighter up and over the airliner...it's prop ate into the Trimotor's nose and cockpit.

 As I couldn't find anything vaguely resembling an accident report, I had to speculate a bit...OK, a lot...on this one, especially the mechanics ofthe collision itself..  I did find a slew of pics of the crash scenes, though.


Second one's the B-34/American Airlines  DC-3 midair near Palm Springs in 1942. Found the C.A.B report on this one.. Wish it had included a diagram of the bomber's maneuver...I had to try to translate the report's language into what I think happened in the air. Good example of what happens when a pilot looses all situational awareness while maneuvering near another aircraft. 

The B-34 landed safely with minor damage, the DC-3 went into a flat spin and went straight in, killing everyone aboard. OH...the Court Marshall of the Bomber's pilot got interesting.


Eastern Airlines Flight 45. A-26/DC-3. Darlington South Carolina. The Eastern pilot had just begun his approach to Columbia, the A-26 pilot was training/checking his RDF. Neither of them were watching for other aircraft. Found the C.A.B report for this one

The DC-3's pilot managed an emergency landing in a cotton field with only one fatality, the A-26 lost it's tail and augered in inverted. It's pilot managed to bail out...at 900 feet...but the other two crew members, unfortunately, didn't make it out.

I also included a quick discussion of Eastern Flight 557's midair with an F6F over Chesterfield N.J in 1949. I also found the C.A.B. report fr this one.. Another one caused by unauthorized aerobatics. On a civilian airway. Caused both aircraft to loose their left wings, resulted in the death of everyone aboard both planes. 


I tend to speculate and give my own opinion of what happened, but I try to make them readable.

As far as the crash sites themselves, I was able to pretty much nail down the location of the Tri-motor and PW-9's crash sites with-in probably a quarter mile or less. 

Flight 28's crash site's known...I mapped it as close as I could figure from what I've read, and linked the the thread from the board about the site.

Flight 45's I could have probably pinned down with some phone calls so I could map it and the bomber crash site, and I may yet (All my posts are works in progress.).

Please feel free to let me know what you think, and (most importantly as, again, all of my posts are constant works in progress) correct any errors I may have made. Hope you guys enjoy my blog posts even a quarter as much as I enjoy reading this board.

OH...yeah...there's a post on there about the first fatal air crash, too...the one where some guy named Orville was flying the plane.



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Way past "the first four" but this is one that got my attention because it's local and I know the grandson of one of the passengers:


We left a geocache in commemoration at the site.  It's now almost entirely covered with suburban development.



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Thanks for the posts, links


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You're welcome Dave! I hope you enjoyed 'em. I truly enjoy your posts and expedition reports as well. Any incidents that you're visited the sites of, I fully intend to both use as a research source and link to in the post.

CloudCraft, That Mid-Air is one of the ones I have on my list of possible topics to post about in my blog. It'ds a truly interesting one, and one of the crashes cited when the powers that be finally mandated that all traffic be under the same ATC system.

Also interesting is the fact that the airliners crash site was in the desert,well beyond civilization and way off the road when it occurred, but is now in the middle of suburbia now.

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The mid-air collision involving UAL 736 and the USAF F-100F is still an active project with me in Las Vegas.

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Research of historical civil and commercial aviation accidents and sites (1920s-1990s). http://www.lostflights.com

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