Date: December 24, 1946
Time: 19:19
Location: Near San Diego, California
Operator: Western Airlines
Flight #: 44
Route: Holtville - San Diego
AC Type: Douglas DC-3 ( C-53D-DO)
Registration: NC45395
cn / ln: 42-68715
Aboard: 12   (passengers:9  crew:3)
Fatalities: 12   (passengers:9  crew:3)
Ground: 0
Summary: Crashed east slope of Cuyapaipe Mountain at 6,120 ft. in San Diego County in poor weather conditions. The conduct of the flight at an altitude which would not clear obstructions, due to an error by the pilot in determining his position with respect to Laguna Mountain.

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