Date: November 13, 1946
Time: 03:41
Location: Lebec, California
Operator: Western Airlines
Flight #: 23
Route: Palmdale - Burbank
AC Type: Douglas C-53D-DO (DC-3)
Registration: NC18645
cn / ln: 11662
Aboard: 11   (passengers:8  crew:3)
Fatalities: 11   (passengers:8  crew:3)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft crashed into White Mountain at an elevation of 6,000 feet, in rain and 70 mph winds after being blown off course while on a heading from Palmdale to Newhall. Possible downdraft. The action of the pilot in making an instrument letdown without previously establishing a positive radio fix. This action was aggravated by conditions of severe static, wind in excess of anticipated velocities, preoccupation with an unusual amount of radio conversation, and the inoperative Newhall radio range.

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