Date: January 10, 1945
Time: c 04:10
Location: Burbank, California
Operator: American Airlines
Flight #: 6001
Route: New York City - Juarez, Mexico - Burbank
AC Type: Douglas DC-3
Registration: NC25684
cn / ln: 2215
Aboard: 24   (passengers:21  crew:3)
Fatalities: 24   (passengers:21  crew:3)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft, lost in fog, crashed into the Verdugo Mountains, while attempting to reach Palmdale Airport, its alternate landing site, after being unable to land at Burbank Airport. The company ground personnel failed to obtain and transmit important weather to the pilot. Improperly executed missed approach by the pilot. Actress Donna Reed was returning from Juarez where she obtained a divorce from her husband but was bumped from the flight just prior to takeoff to make room for a military officer holding a wartime-travel priority pass.

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