- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: January 28, 1948
Time: 10:50
Location: Diablo Mts., California
Operator: Airline Transport Carriers
Flight #: ?
Route: Burbank - Oakland
AC Type: Douglas DC-3 (C-47B-DK)
Registration: NC36480
cn / ln: 16850/33598
Aboard: 32   (passengers:29  crew:3)
Fatalities: 32   (passengers:29  crew:3)
Ground: 0
Summary: The crew took the wrong plane which was scheduled for maintenance. An in-flight fire caused the engine and then wing to separate from the aircraft and crash out of control. Tests showed a fuel pump was broken in the left engine and would spray gasoline out where it could be ignited by the exhaust. The failure of the left wing in flight as a result of damage by fire which had its source in a defective left engine driven fuel pump.The crash became the impetus for the Woody Guthrie song "Deportee."
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